Quotation Garud, Raghu, Kumaraswamy, Arun, Türtscher, Philipp. 2009. Distributed Agency using Digital Technologies. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 07.08.-11.08..




We examine how digital technologies make it possible for actors who are distributed across time and space to collaborate asynchronously. We use Wikipedia as a research site for our exploration. Our focus in this paper is on the technology of work – in this case, embodied in the concept of a wiki. Our probe of Wikipedia highlights a distinctive property of such technologies: in their very use, they generate a digital trace. This digital trace makes it possible for multiple actors to engage asynchronously with an overall process of cumulative synthesis. We examine the implications of such processes for organizations that embrace technologies that possess properties embodied in Wikipedia.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Distributed Agency using Digital Technologies
Event Academy of Management Annual Meeting
Year 2009
Date 07.08.-11.08.
Country United States/USA
Location Chicago, IL


Türtscher, Philipp (Former researcher)
Garud, Raghu (Pennsylvania State University, United States/USA)
Kumaraswamy, Arun (Temple University, United States/USA)
Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5324 Organizational research (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
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