Wikinomics (2006)

How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Translated into more than 20 languages and named one of the best business books of 2007 by reviewers around the world, Wikinomics has become essential reading for business people everywhere.

In 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last few years, traditional collaboration — in a meeting room, a conference call, even a convention center — has been superseded by collaborations on an astronomical scale.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 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 primer on one of the most profound changes of our time, Wikinomics challenges our most deeply-rooted assumptions about business and will prove indispensable to anyone who wants to understand the key forces driving competitiveness in the twenty-first century.

Based on a $9 million research project, Wikinomics shows how the masses of people can participate in the economy like never before. They are creating TV news stories, sequencing the human genome, remixing their favorite music, designing software, finding a cure for disease, editing school texts, inventing new cosmetics, and even building motorcycles.

An important look into the future, Wikinomics is the road map for doing business in the twenty-first century.

Reviews

Brian Fetherstonhaugh, Chairman and CEO, OgilvyOne Worldwide
Brian Fetherstonhaugh, Chairman and CEO, OgilvyOne Worldwide
Wikinomics illuminates the truth we are seeing in markets around the globe. The more you share, the more you win. Wikinomics sheds light on the many faces of business collaboration and presents a powerful new strategy for business leaders in a world where customers, employees, and low-cost producers are seizing control.
Eric Schmidt, CEO Google
Eric Schmidt, CEO Google
Wikinomics heralds the biggest change in collaboration to date. Thanks to the Internet, masses of people outside the boundaries of traditional hierarchies can innovate to produce content, goods and services. In order to understand the opportunities this presents for companies, read this book.
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
A deeply profound and hopeful book. Wikinomics provides compelling evidence that the emerging ‘creative commons’ can be a boon, not a threat to business. Every CEO should read this book and heed its wise counsel if they want to succeed in the emerging global economy.
Wikinomics

Authors: Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams

Publisher: Tantor Media

Published: December 2006

Length: 320 pages

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