The Power of Crowds: Grand Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region

Posted: 17 Dec 2019

See all articles by Cynthia Weiyi Cai

Cynthia Weiyi Cai

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jennifer Kathleen Gippel

Australian National University (ANU); Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Yushu Zhu

University of Queensland - Business School

Abhay Kumar Singh

Edith Cowan University

Date Written: September 18, 2019

Abstract

Technology is enabling organizations across the globe – large and small, for-profit and not-for-profit, governments and scientific groups – to harness the resources, knowledge, talent and creativity of crowds, in their effort to find innovative solutions to vexing problems. As contributors to solving grand challenges, crowds are providing data and funds, generating novel ideas and evaluating and developing concrete solutions. This article proposes a conceptual model for understanding the utility of crowdsourcing in the context of grand challenges. The article further identifies some boundary conditions where crowdsourcing may not be useful and discusses significant barriers to applying crowdsourcing in the Asia-Pacific region. We conclude by recognizing some empirical considerations and avenues for future research.

Keywords: Crowdsourcing, grand challenges, open innovation, lead users

Suggested Citation

Weiyi Cai, Cynthia and Gippel, Jennifer Kathleen and Zhu, Yushu and Singh, Abhay Kumar, The Power of Crowds: Grand Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region (September 18, 2019). Australian Journal of Management, Vol. 44, No. 4, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3503461

Cynthia Weiyi Cai (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jennifer Kathleen Gippel

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.firn.org.au

Yushu Zhu

University of Queensland - Business School ( email )

Blair Drive
Brisbane
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.business.uq.edu.au/staff/yushu-elizabeth-zhu

Abhay Kumar Singh

Edith Cowan University ( email )

Joondalup Drive
Perth
Joondalup, WA 6027
Australia

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