Exploring Self-organisation in Crowd Teams

Ioanna Lykourentzou*, Antonios Liapis, Costas Papastathis, Konstantinos Papangelis, Costas Vassilakis

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Online crowds have the potential to do more complex work in teams, rather than as individuals. Team formation algorithms typically maximize some notion of global utility of team output by allocating people to teams or tasks. However, decisions made by these algorithms do not consider the decisions or preferences of the people themselves. This paper explores a complementary strategy, which relies on the crowd itself to self-organize into effective teams. Our preliminary results show that users perceive the ability to choose their teammate extremely useful in a crowdsourcing setting. We also find that self-organisation makes users feel more productive, creative and responsible for their work product.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Transformation for a Sustainable Society in the 21st Century - I3E 2019 IFIP WG 6.11 International Workshops, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsIlias O. Pappas, Ilias O. Pappas, Patrick Mikalef, Letizia Jaccheri, John Krogstie, Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Matti Mäntymäki
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030396336
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event18th IFIP WG 6.11 Conference on e-Business, e-Services, and e-Society, I3E 2019 - Trondheim, Norway
Duration: 18 Sept 201920 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume573 AICT
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Conference18th IFIP WG 6.11 Conference on e-Business, e-Services, and e-Society, I3E 2019


  • Computer-supported collaboration
  • Creative writing
  • Crowd teams
  • Self-organization


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