Coordination and Learning in Wikipedia: Revisiting the Dynamics of Exploitation and Exploration

Aleksi Aaltonen, Jannis Kallinikos

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The evolution of Wikipedia betrays an increasing reliance on policies and guidelines, signalling certain stabilization in the knowledge making processes underlying the encyclopaedia. We interpret such a state of affairs as reflecting the need to provide a few principles and guidelines of coordination, in a context that has otherwise been marked by vast diversity, high membership turnover and the lack of traditional exploitative structures. Rather than reflecting bureaucratization and a shift away from its constitutive principles, the consolidation of these coordinative mechanisms further embeds the distinctive profile of knowledge making processes characteristic of the online encyclopaedia. They reinforce the diversity of the collective (rather than individual capabilities and skills) as the primary source of knowledge and render the mechanisms of harvesting that diversity and assembling it to a reasonable knowledge output key means of social learning.
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
Sidor (från-till)161-192
Antal sidor32
StatusPublicerad - 2012
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


  • 113 Data- och informationsvetenskap
  • KOTA2012


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