Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1991231
 


 



TopCoder (B)


Karim Lakhani


Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group; Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science

Eric Lonstein


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Stephanie Healy Pokrywa


Harvard Business School

September 29, 2011

Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case No. 612-044

Abstract:     
TopCoder develops software for clients through online tournaments, drawing from a community of 275,000 people. The case provides an update on TopCoder's growth and resulting changes in its platform and business model. Specifically, its decision to virtualize the project management role. Issues related to the scalability, profitability and growth of this approach are explored.

Learning Objective: To detail mechanisms of a platform focused on prize-base innovation for complex software projects involving over 275,000 members. Issues of managing clients, community and firm employees are presented.

working papers series


Not Available For Download

Date posted: January 26, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Lakhani, Karim and Lonstein, Eric and Pokrywa, Stephanie Healy, TopCoder (B) (September 29, 2011). Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case No. 612-044. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1991231

Contact Information

Karim R. Lakhani (Contact Author)
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group ( email )
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-495-6741 (Phone)
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science ( email )
1737 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Eric Lonstein
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Stephanie Healy Pokrywa
Harvard Business School ( email )
Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 317

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo3 in 0.469 seconds