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There is growing interest in innovative online problem-solving models such as crowdsourcing to serve individuals, firms and the society as a whole. Crowdsourcing is the combination of efforts from various sets of individuals who are either volunteering or working part-time for socioeconomic production, basically in the cyber world. This hybrid work model is already in use by businesses and entrepreneurs; some of the platforms include Amazon mechanical Turk, 99designs, Hit RECORD and Design Crowd.

Design/methodology/approach

Much has been parleyed and published, and this is primarily because of the efficient socioeconomic potentials crowdsourcing offers.

Findings

This paper addressed the following three questions to help have a better understanding of crowdsourcing: who can perform crowdsourcing? why it is relevant to crowdsource in this present proliferated internet age and if there are going to be some changes in the future and the last but not the least what can be done to promote it in the society?

Originality/value

This paper discusses the three W’s and concludes with challenges facing the crowdsourcing work model.


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Crowd-sourcing (who, why and what)

Show Author's information Henry Oluchukwu Ikediego1Mustafa Ilkan2A. Mohammed Abubakar3( )Festus Victor Bekun2
Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Dogu Akdeniz Universitesi, Famagusta, Cyprus
Dogu Akdeniz Universitesi, Gazimagusa, Cyprus
College of Business, Antalya Bilim University, Antalya, Turkey

Abstract

Purpose

There is growing interest in innovative online problem-solving models such as crowdsourcing to serve individuals, firms and the society as a whole. Crowdsourcing is the combination of efforts from various sets of individuals who are either volunteering or working part-time for socioeconomic production, basically in the cyber world. This hybrid work model is already in use by businesses and entrepreneurs; some of the platforms include Amazon mechanical Turk, 99designs, Hit RECORD and Design Crowd.

Design/methodology/approach

Much has been parleyed and published, and this is primarily because of the efficient socioeconomic potentials crowdsourcing offers.

Findings

This paper addressed the following three questions to help have a better understanding of crowdsourcing: who can perform crowdsourcing? why it is relevant to crowdsource in this present proliferated internet age and if there are going to be some changes in the future and the last but not the least what can be done to promote it in the society?

Originality/value

This paper discusses the three W’s and concludes with challenges facing the crowdsourcing work model.

Keywords:

Crowdsourcing, Outsourcing, IT, Freelancing, Open call
Received: 04 July 2017 Revised: 06 September 2017 Accepted: 30 October 2017 Published: 28 March 2018 Issue date: July 2018
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Received: 04 July 2017
Revised: 06 September 2017
Accepted: 30 October 2017
Published: 28 March 2018
Issue date: July 2018

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