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Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,204 Ratings  ·  320 Reviews
In just the last few years, traditional collaboration—in a meeting room, a conference call, even a convention center— has been superseded by collaborations on an astronomical scale.

Today, encyclopedias, jetliners, operating systems, mutual funds, and many other items are being created by teams numbering in the thousands or even millions. While some leaders fear the hea

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Hardcover, 324 pages
Published December 12th 2006 by Penguin Group (first published 2006)
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Scott
May 12, 2008 Scott rated it did not like it
Before I begin my thoughts on this book, I should announce that I am openly hostile to several of the notions mentioned in the book, and therefore went into it with a skeptical mind. The book did little to allay my skepticism. 'Wikinomics' is a giddy, fanboy account of the 'new' economy of collaboration generated by 'Web 2.0.' However, rather than provide analysis and examination of the strengths, weaknesses, and variety of this brave new world it is instead 300 pages of anecdotal evidence used ...more
Ben Babcock
Full disclosure: I received this book for free, though it was on my to-read list already.

I first heard about Don Tapscott on CBC's Spark, where Nora Young interviewed him about the Net Generation and "digital natives." They also have an interview about MacroWikinomics, the sequel to Wikinomics, which I will be reading soon.

Tapscott intrigued me. According to Wikipedia, he was born in 1947. Yet he talks about the effects of technology on economy and business as if he were, if not exactly a digita
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Kathrynn
Aug 25, 2008 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing
Found this to be an excellent book, very well written (enjoyed the humor), full of insights to enlighten This Reader on how the world is continually evolving and how companies that "need" to remain in control of their goods/services need to shift their mindset into a more user-friendly, open source, "peer production" collaboration in order to survive. No longer are consumers content to sit on the sidelines while big business--obsessed with control--or the media pitch "instructions" to the masses ...more
Blog on Books
Mar 29, 2010 Blog on Books rated it liked it
There’s been lots of talk about crowd-sourcing in recent years, spurred by both the widespread use of the internet as a collaboration tool as well as specific destination sites like the top-of-mind Wikipedia and others.

In Wikinomics, author and business consultant Don Tapscott (The Digital Economy) and Anthony Williams attempt to illustrate and define examples of companies and projects that have quickly risen or others that have re-energized their operations using the tools of group collaboratio
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Lou Yonke
Sep 15, 2011 Lou Yonke rated it it was ok
This is another one of those books that criticizes every old business practice of the past and hails everything young and new. To me, it actually reeks of socialism. While I understand author Don Tapscot’s need to prove his point by including numerous positive examples, the critical reader can not take his argument hook-line-and-sinker because he never recognizes the obvious -- that past business practices have enabled what we are seeing today. He also makes the book at least 100 pages longer th ...more
Patrick Peterson
Mar 21, 2014 Patrick Peterson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those in need of good new business ideas
Shelves: economics, tech, business
The book began with far too many grandiose and sometimes ridiculous statements about "collaboration" and "openness" or "open systems."

One of the most obnoxious is that the authors think that collaboration either does not happen, or happens precious little, in "hierarchical" organizations. By this term "hierarchical" the authors are not exactly clear, but they generally mean those which have not adopted their "open" (wiki-based) structure. This is crazy. My wife works for HP, which has over 300,
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Giovanni Dall'Orto
Il termine "wikinomics" (wikinomia"), che indica l'attività economica basata sul concetto di Wiki (cooperazione di massa e gratuità) è stato coniato da questo libro, del 2006.
Comprandolo mi aspettavo, perciò, di leggere un saggio sul difficile connubio fra economia tradizionale (del profitto) ed "economia del dono".
Con mia sorpresa, iniziando la lettura ho scoperto però che questo volume parla di tutto fuorché di wikinomics.

La lettura (che non credo terminerò, a questo punto), si è rivelata un
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Jamie
Aug 08, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it
The full title of this book by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams is Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, and it sets out to describe pretty much that --how the Internet and other information technology are creating new business models that capitalize on collaboration, sharing, the wisdom of crowds (so to speak) and distributed work. It's a fascinating topic that anyone who has ventured onto the Internet can see is huge, yet the authors of this particular work seem so caught up ...more
Douglas Wangombe
Mar 08, 2010 Douglas Wangombe rated it really liked it
Assignment Module-6: Book Chat.
Book title: WIKINOMICS. How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything
Author: Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

The book, “WIKINOMICS: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything”, is about how mass collaboration has changed how we do things in both our social life and in the corporate world. The book dwells mostly on how mass collaboration has affected the global economy. As I prepared to read the book, I believed that I knew that discussion of how collaboration impac
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Victoria
Oct 01, 2009 Victoria rated it did not like it
Shelves: it
Пока пробиралась через всю эту книгу, постоянно думала: "И для кого она написана?". ИТ-менеджерам? Вряд ли, все слишком очевидно, автор кропотливо перечисляет и Google, Youtube, MySpace, Wikipedia, рассказывает как будто детям, что такое Линукс, и кто его создал. Простые истины. Похоже, что книга написана для тех, кто очень любит бесконечные кейсы, красивые книги с историями успеха, кто не очень разбирается в современных технологиях, а, главное, не очень им доверяет. Ведь проще делегировать проб ...more
Anirudh
May 27, 2016 Anirudh rated it liked it
Interesting book. Remarkable that the book was written in 2006, has proven to be mostly accurate. Still felt they were a bit too bullish on the whole wikinomics idea.
Jeff Suwak
Jun 22, 2014 Jeff Suwak rated it it was ok
Upon starting the book, I probably would have given it a four star rating. It was thought provoking, and I devoured the first hundred or so pages. After that, things started to drag.

First of all, the book really does read like a sales pitch. This would be fine, I guess, except that it tries to present itself as a sober analysis of the world. Examples are used, but rarely (if ever), quantified in any meaningful way with broader statistical analyses.

The author seems to be taking some developments
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Breathe_out
Jun 14, 2007 Breathe_out rated it it was ok
Not the "Blink" or "Freakonomics" I was expecting/hoping for. A few examples did stick in my head, but overall, the only word I can use to describe this book is Thick. Perhaps a good read for a business nerd, but not for fun reading.
Sebastiano Mereu
Apr 06, 2011 Sebastiano Mereu rated it really liked it
Many good examples and explanations on how today's economy works. Sometimes there are too many details, which make reading it a bit boring, but on the other hand, it's a good source of inspiration and how-to approaches.
Robert Run
Mar 20, 2009 Robert Run rated it it was amazing
This is a really powerful book in terms of what it reveals about people's preferred method of communicating and learning.

The wall or wiki format is far more intuitive and powerful than the forum format.
CRI
Today, encyclopedias, jetliners, operating systems, mutual funds, and many other items are being created by teams numbering in the thousands or even millions. While some leaders fear the heaving growth of these massive online communities, Wikinomics proves this fear is folly. Smart firms can harness collective capability and genius to spur innovation, growth, and success.A brilliant guide to one of the most profound changes of our time, Wikinomics challenges our most deeply rooted assumptions ab ...more
Leader Summaries
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro Wikinomics, de Don Tapscott y Anthony D. Williams.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: innovación, internet y nuevas tecnologías.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro Wikinomics, Cómo la colaboración en masa a través de las nuevas tecnologías está produciendo resultados sorprendentes: Wikinomics
Frank Mcgeough
Jun 21, 2014 Frank Mcgeough rated it it was ok
A bit dated (2006) review of state of collaboration at a point in time. I was hoping for more analysis of what makes for successful collaborations. Like most business books a set of case studies are presented and cheerleading of how wonderful collaboration is and how it made the companies wildly successful. But as with all other business techniques, some people do it well and some poorly and most muddle through in the middle ground and I didn't find enough meat in the author's opinion on what di ...more
Laura Little
I tried so hard to get through "Wikinonics," supposedly the classic read about the new economy published in 2006. Between the fangirling about "mass collaboration platforms" and absolutely horrible prognostication about virtually every major technology company (notably Apple), I had to retire it halfway. The writing is also needless long-winded - this book should be 150 pages, not 300.

Not every "old" business model or "walled garden" is bad, largely because the axis that customers care about isn
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Jenn Auvil
Jan 15, 2009 Jenn Auvil rated it liked it
This book provided me with exactly what I was looking for--an overview of the concept of wikis and the various ways that individuals and companies might use them. It was good timing for two reasons: (1) working on ed publishing academy courses and considering alternative delivery methods and (2) starting work on the new sociology project that would involve collaboration and communication with the author, client, and internal staff on a wiki.

I particularly enjoyed chapter 3: The Peer Pioneers, w
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Wage
Nov 30, 2009 Wage rated it liked it
Mungkin sudah tidak asing lagi jika kita mendengar istilah : Linux, Open Source project, Human Genome project, Wikipedia, Facebook, Blog, Instant Messege, Flickr. Apa kesamaan dari nama-nama diatas? Semua produk ataupun aktifitas tersebut merupakan hasil dari kolaborasi banyak pihak ataupun melibatkan banyak pihak dalam penggunaannya.

Di tengah semaraknya teknologi digital muncul suatu kecenderungan ekonomi baru yang bertumpu kepada kekuatan kolaborasi massal. Dengan menggunakan fasilitas interne
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Gary
Dec 14, 2010 Gary rated it liked it
An interesting book that I got the idea to read from a 2008 article in Armed Forces Journal called "Read Different" (see it at http://www.armedforcesjournal.com/200...). This is the second book from the list I've read; the first was "The Black Swan," by N. N. Taleb. Next will be "The Starfish and the Spider." This book boils down to essentially "two (or more) heads are better than one." Most of the way through the book I was left thinking, "OK, this is interesting for businesspeople, but what do ...more
Mike
Apr 12, 2013 Mike rated it liked it
If you came of age during the internet revolution (i.e. born after the mid 1980's) then this book likely isn't worth reading. However, regardless of when you were born, answering these five questions could help you decide if you wanted to read this book or not:

1.) Have you ever used Wikipedia?
2.) Do you own an iPhone (or other smartphone)?
3.) Have you ever heard of an API (bonus points if you know what the acronym stands for)?
4.) Do you understand the concept of open-source at a high level?
5.) D
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Dave Riley
Oct 05, 2009 Dave Riley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you have any familiarity with Web2.0 platforms maybe you should write your own book so that the hyperbole packaged by Dan Tapscott is bought back down to earth.

This is a fantastical journey that promises you that the Web 2.0 universe is the very best thing since sliced bread and it will tell you that over and over again by dint of high profile corporate examples.

Here there is little about the access and democracy quotient offered by these new platforms. Theres' very little about me and you. I
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Bill
Aug 19, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in business or technology
If you feel as though you may be out of the loop when people start discussing You Tube, blogging, tags, or other “i/e –concepts” do yourself a favor and take a look at Wikinomics. The one criticism I have of the work is that it could perhaps use a bit of editing to shorten it up. But, it covers and discusses many current web innovations and applications. The main point of Wikinomics however is not just a love fest for technology. Rather, Don Tapscott examines how people (both as employees and en ...more
Matt Evans
Jul 05, 2009 Matt Evans rated it really liked it
“The monolithic, self-contained, inwardly focused corporation is dying" -- is the gist of this enjoyable book. However, it's not just all about the old-guard's eschaton; /Wikinomics/ is primarily about the new type of corporation taking over the world. To wit:

"Regardless of the industry you compete in, or whether your firm is large or small, internal capabilities and a handful of pre-web partnerships are not sufficient to meet the market’s expectations for growth and innovation. Winning companie
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Maureen
Jul 26, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: economics
This is an excellent discussion of the way that open source collaboration, peer production, sharing, and going global are changing just about every idea there has ever been about business. From snap-together airplanes, to Chinese motorcycles, to the Geek Squad taking over Best Buy, to amazing changes at BMW, Boeing, and Proctor and Gamble, not to mention MySpace, del.icio.us, amazon, YouTube... the wiki businesses are flourishing.

People are coming up with business models that are driven either b
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Paul Signorelli
Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams’ Wikinomics combines three topics—social media tools (wikis), economics, and collaboration—to produce a stimulating exploration of how the changes we are facing can be used to our advantage to foster success through collaboration and sharing rather than hoarding. Their economic model is one of exchanging goods and services without charge—a theme also creatively explored by Chris Anderson in Free: The Future of a Radical Price—in ways that benefit all involved wh ...more
Patrick
Not really much positive to say about this one, other than the authors picked an interesting subject, were able to stick a few interesting examples in, and, umm, guess that's about it on the upside.

Something rubbed me the wrong way that may or may not be a fair criticism, so I'm simply going to stick it off to one side, and not really call it a negative, though I guess I'd like to. Dunno why this bugged me so much, since I'm not typically a spelling or grammar Nazi, but, folks, it is Encyclopædi
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Jamie
Apr 09, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it
This book provides great insights into the world of greater collaboration both off and on-line. Examples of successful collaborative developments that embrace transparency include Linux and IBM (open-source operating system), InnoCentive (website that pays for solutions to R&D problems), yet2.com (outsource intellectual property), P&G (focus on sourcing product ideas from outside), Goldcorp (made public all mining data to identify new high potential sites), BMW (outsource production and ...more
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In 2011 Don was named one of the world's most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. He has authored or co-authored 14 widely read books including the 1992 best seller Paradigm Shift. His 1995 hit Digital Economyc
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