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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the last few years, traditional collaboration—in a meeting room, a conference call, even a convention center— has been superseded by collaborations on an astronomical scale.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
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
Kathrynn
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
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...more
Blog on Books
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...more
Victoria
Oct 01, 2009 Victoria rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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...more
Jamie
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
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...more
Lou Yonke
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
Jeff Suwak
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...more
Breathe_out
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.
Patrick Peterson
Mar 21, 2014 Patrick Peterson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those in need of good new business ideas
Shelves: business, economics, tech
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,...more
Frank Mcgeough
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
Jenn Auvil
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...more
Wage
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...more
Gary
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
The Young Urban Unprofessional
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...more
Dave Riley
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...more
Bill
Aug 19, 2008 Bill rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
“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...more
Maureen
Jul 26, 2008 Maureen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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
Megatherium
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...more
Jamie
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
Kathy Nealen
This book is a little bit older than some of the others I have read but it was still interesting. It noted how MySpace had dominated Friendster and speculated about whether Facebook would eventually conquer MySpace. Many good examples of "peer production" and collaboration between companies and between a company (like IBM) and open source development. The authors noted that companies with a strict top-down hierarchial structure are out of place and will struggle in the decentralized marketplace...more
Nora
This book is interesting in the phenomena that it describes, but it suffers from poor writing and lack of critical thinking.

The poor writing comes in the form of many sweeping generalisations that will change the world and repeat themselves often and the horribly cooked-up terminlogy ("Ideagoras"?).

The poor thinking is the more serious flaw: the authors show themselves lacking a detailed understanding of the topicsthey discuss (no, seriously, I don't think Amazon is Wal-Mart's biggest threat),...more
Mark Mikula
Although it is riddled with too much consultant-speak, it gives a good survey of the state of things in the web 2.0 world. As someone whose livelihood is impacted by the creation of "free" editorial content, it provides insight into the direction that the web is trending. The attitude is generally one of "jump on the bandwagon or get out of the way." I gritted my teeth through many of the observations being made.

In addition to covering Wikipedia, Wikinomics devotes a good deal of chapter space t...more
Mark Nenadov
This book intends to show how new collaborative technologies are changing the way things work in business. It stresses the point that people and corporations need to adapt or be left behind. It speaks about things like the Open Source movement and how Web 2.0 requires some new perspectives on business and success. It contrasts archaic ways of doing business with the new "open" ways that are powering current developments in the market. It covers many case studies about businesses that have shown...more
David
Wow, it took me a long time to get through this book. It was really just one chapter that slowed me down but that chapter (The New Alexandrians) felt like reading through black tar. I do recommend that you read this book just be prepared to think and ponder.

There is a paragraph near the end of the book that I feel summarizes the points of the book pretty well:

"Engaging in collaborative communities means ceding some control, sharing responsibility, embracing transparency, managing conflict, and...more
John
At the time of writing this must have been an interesting and revolutionary thesis: that businesses must implement the essentials of the open-source and Web 2.0 movements to continue functioning in the 21st century world. Although the book was slightly updated for its 2010 paperback publication, many examples haven't aged gracefully. Had the authors not adopted the stance of a demagogue - had they relied on sound reasoning from empirical evidence and experience and limited their assertions to th...more
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