Wikinomics – Questions

1. The authors present the concept of “Ideagoras”, i.e., an online global marketplace that finds qualified researchers who can solve companies’ problems. How do companies financially evaluate the price of a solution? How to value an idea?

2. Referring to the new information economy, Tapscott and Williams argue that an individual in a developing country can be “joining the global economy on an equal footing” (pp.13). Are there not other factors, such as social class, level of education, infrastructure, legal system, and quality of life, which should be also considered to affirm such strong statement?

3. In the chapter three, the authors comment that most of people who work on Linux also work for another industry. Why are the authors so confident that people will keep collaborating, if Linux – one of the greatest examples of mass collaboration – doesn’t help individuals to profit?

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