Developing a conceptual model of virtual organisations for citizen science Online publication date: Tue, 14-Sep-2010
by Andrea Wiggins, Kevin Crowston
International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering (IJODE), Vol. 1, No. 1/2, 2010
Abstract: This paper develops an organisation design-oriented conceptual model of scientific knowledge production through citizen science virtual organisations. Citizen science is a form of organisation design for collaborative scientific research involving scientists and volunteers, for which internet-based modes of participation enable massive virtual collaboration by thousands of members of the public. The conceptual model provides an example of a theory development process and discusses its application to an exploratory study. The paper contributes a multi-level process model for organising investigation into the impact of design on this form of scientific knowledge production.
Online publication date: Tue, 14-Sep-2010
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