The Future of Work: Marketplaces and Crowdsourcing - overview
Work is being organized and executed through a growing array of systems, tools and organizational forms. New techniques and methods for rapid scaling and enhancement of work execution through peer-to-peer interaction and coordination are emerging. Sites such as InnoCentive, which supports grand challenge scientific contests, freelancer sites like Elance, and microtask sites such as Mechanical Turk are just a few examples of these new trends.
The Future of Work: Marketplaces and Crowdsourcing uses multi-disciplinary research (social, technical and business) to examine these trends and their implications to both intra- and inter-organizational work efforts. In the future we envision the role for an integrated open platform as a way to connect entities who need work done with those who have the capabilities and skills to do the work. The research to date has focused on concept development, identification of core components of the Work Marketplace, and early prototypes of some elements with broad applicability to both intra- and inter-organizational identification of people, reputation, work elements, and work matching.