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February 01, 2007

Wikipedia Goes to HBS - Harvard Business School Case Study on Wikipedia

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 2/01/2007 01:37:00 AM
HBS has put together an interesting case study on Wikipedia. Unlike the normal case studies from HBS where you have to pay for them, the wikipedia case study is made available under GFDL.

It's a great study on how to make collaboration and Web 2.0 concepts work. The Wikipedia case study traces the history of Wikipedia:

* Why Nupedia (Wikipedia's more formal predecessor) failed to gather momentum, and why Wikipedia has gathered so much.
* Whether Wikipedia's highly egalitarian and freeform editing processes and policies yield good results and, if so, how this happens.
* How decision rights are allocated in Wikipedia.
* The merits of the Inclusionist and Deletionist perspectives.
* Whether Wikipedia really has become a "post-revolutionary Bolshevik Soviet, with an inscrutable central power structure wielding control over a legion of workers."
* Whether the Wikipedia community practices the 'right' level of deference to the opinions and judgments of subject matter 'experts.'
* If Wikipedia's policies are being correctly followed, what the fate of the "Enterprise 2.0" article should be.

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