Posted: 26 Jan 2012
Date Written: September 29, 2011
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.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Lakhani, Karim R. 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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1991231