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Creating and Capturing Value through Crowdsourcing

Creating and Capturing Value through Crowdsourcing
Allan Afuah

Examples of the value that can be created and captured through crowdsourcing go back to at least 1714 when the UK used crowdsourcing to solve the Longitude Problem, obtaining a solution that would enable the UK to become the dominant maritime force of its time. Today, Wikipedia uses crowds to provide entries for the world's largest and free encyclopedia. Partly fueled by the value that can be created and captured through crowdsourcing, interest in researching the phenomenon has been remarkable. 

Despite this - or perhaps because of it - research into crowdsourcing has been conducted in different research silos, within the fields of management (from strategy to finance to operations to information systems), biology, communications, computer science, economics, political science, among others. In these silos, crowdsourcing takes names such as broadcast search, innovation tournaments, crowdfunding, community innovation, distributed innovation, collective intelligence, open source, crowdpower, and even open innovation. This book aims to assemble chapters from many of these silos, since the ultimate potential of crowdsourcing research is likely to be attained only by bridging them. Chapters provide a systematic overview of the research on crowdsourcing from different fields based on a more encompassing definition of the concept, its difference for innovation, and its value for both private and public sector.

Allan Afuah

Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
John Branch, Sarah Hayes, Anne Horsted, Claus Nygaard

This latest volume in the Learning in Higher Education series, Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, brings together examples of teaching and learning innovations, within the domain of higher education. The anthology is diverse in nature and showcases concrete examples of innovative teaching and learning practices in higher education from around the world. The contributions come from all scientific disciplines and in all teaching and learning contexts.

The twenty-eight inspiring examples in this volume show considerable diversity in their approaches to teaching and learning practices; at the same time they improve both student engagement and student learning outcomes. All the authors argue that their innovative approach has helped students to learn differently, better, and more. For those involved in higher education, there is a lot to be gained from reading these narrative accounts of innovative teaching and learning.

John Branch

Globalisation of Higher Education: Political, Institutional, Cultural, & Personal Perspectives

Globalisation of Higher Education: Political, Institutional, Cultural, & Personal Perspectives
John Branch, Anne Horsted, Claus Nygaard

This book is a must read for anyone who seeks to understand the profound impact of higher education will have on the future of the global economy, on our emerging "global culture," and as the increasingly interdependent steward of our world's most valuable asset, global human capital.

 
John Branch

The Base of the Pyramid Promise: Building Businesses with Impact and Scale

The Base of the Pyramid Promise: Building Businesses with Impact and Scale
Ted London

As economic growth slows in the developed world, the base of the pyramid (BoP) represents perhaps the last great, untapped market. Of the world's 7 billion inhabitants, around 4 billion live in low-income markets in the developing world. These 4 billion people deserve—and, increasingly, are demanding—better lives. At the same time, the business community seeks new opportunities for growth, and the development community is striving to increase its impact. With these forces converging, the potential for mutual value creation is tremendous. This book provides a roadmap for realizing that potential.



Drawing on over 25 years of experience across some eighty countries, Ted London offers concrete guidelines for how to build better enterprises while simultaneously alleviating poverty. He outlines three key components that must be integrated to achieve results: the lived experiences of enterprises to date—both successes and failures; the development of an ecosystem that is conducive to market creation; and the voices of the poor, so that entrants can truly understand what poverty alleviation is about. London provides aspiring market leaders and their stakeholders with the tools and techniques needed to succeed in the unique, opportunity-rich BoP.

Ted London

Changing Your Company From the Inside Out: A Field Guide for Social Entrepreneurs

Changing Your Company From the Inside Out: A Field Guide for Social Entrepreneurs
Gerald F. Davis and Christopher J. White

You’re ambitious. You’re not afraid to take risks. You want to bring about positive social change. And while your peers have left a trail of failed start-ups in their wake, you want to initiate change from within an established company, where you can have a more far-reaching, even global impact.

Welcome to the club—you’re a social intrapreneur.

But even with your enviable skill set, your unwavering social conscience, and your determination to change the world, your path to success is filled with challenges. So how do you get started and maintain your momentum?

Changing Your Company from the Inside Out provides the tools to empower you to jump-start initiatives that matter to you—and that should matter to your company. Drawing on lessons from social movements as well as on the work of successful intrapreneurs, Gerald Davis and Christopher White provide you with a guide for creating positive social change from within your own organization.

Jerry Davis

United America

United America
Wayne Baker

Dr. Baker defines a Core American Value as a value that is strongly held by a large majority of Americans, stable over time, and shared across diverse demographic, religious, and political lines. A core value is not a prescription of what Americans ought to believe, but what Americans actually do believe.

The meaning of “core values” can be seized, manipulated, and wielded by either side of the political aisle. This book is an attempt to reclaim the concept of “core values” from those who would usurp it, and make it a more neutral term. The idea that we share certain basic values is valuable and empowering—it’s an insight that can bridge political chasms rather than deepen them. 

Wayne Baker

How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact

How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact
Jane E Dutton (editor), and Gretchen Spreitzer (editor)

Positive leaders are able to dramatically expand their people’s—and their own—capacity for excellence. And they accomplish this without enormous expenditures or huge heroic gestures. Here leading scholars—including Adam Grant, author of the bestselling Give and Take; positive organizational scholarship movement cofounders Kim Cameron and Robert Quinn; and thirteen more—describe how this is being done at companies such as Wells Fargo, Ford, Kelly Services, Burt’s Bees, Connecticut’s Griffin Hospital, the Michigan-based Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, and many others. They show that, like the butterfly in Brazil whose flapping wings create a typhoon in Texas, you can create profound positive change in your organization through simple actions and attitude shifts.

Gretchen Spreitzer

Business Model Innovation: Concepts, Analysis, and Cases

Business Model Innovation: Concepts, Analysis, and Cases
Allan Afuah

Rooted in strategic management research, Business Model Innovation explores the concepts, tools, and techniques that enable organizations to gain and/or maintain a competitive advantage in the face of technological innovation, globalization, and an increasingly knowledge-intensive economy.

The book investigates how organizations can use innovations in business models to take advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities from crowdsourcing and open innovation, Long Tails, social media, disruptive technologies, less-is-more innovations, network effects, and scarcity of complementary capabilities.  The book also looks at the ways firms can use innovations in business models to exploit or defend against threats. With twelve supplementary cases to help readers apply the concepts and techniques, this book is a must-have for anyone looking to understand the fundamentals of business model innovation.

Allan Afuah

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