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Wikinomics by Don Tapscott
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Jan 27, 10

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Read from December 10 to 21, 2009 — I own a copy, read count: 1

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), only give positive examples (Nothing ever goes wrong?), don't show how "wikinomics" was the cause of the positive development (do you really think P&G's product introductions were only boosted by "Ideagoras"?) and contradict themselves (you can source everything from everywhere, but the key to the success of motorcycle manufacturers in China was face-to-face interactions).

And last but not least, not a single solution is offered to the issues raised in the book. So read it for ideas, but don't forget to think for yourself.
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