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Investigating Value Co-creation in Crowdsourcing: The Revelatory Case of the Shield

Version 1 : Received: 31 July 2022 / Approved: 8 August 2022 / Online: 8 August 2022 (04:09:12 CEST)

How to cite: He, H.R.; Zhang, X.; Jing, D. Investigating Value Co-creation in Crowdsourcing: The Revelatory Case of the Shield. Preprints 2022, 2022080130 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0130.v1). He, H.R.; Zhang, X.; Jing, D. Investigating Value Co-creation in Crowdsourcing: The Revelatory Case of the Shield. Preprints 2022, 2022080130 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0130.v1).

Abstract

As a typical form of value co-creation, crowdsourcing has been increasingly applied by firms to generate business value. By engaging a crowd, a platform, and other stakeholders, a crowdsourcer can foster the co-creation of a portfolio of value for diverse stakeholders. In analyzing the value co-creation in crowdsourcing, we propose a framework by combining the theories and frameworks in value co-creation and crowdsourcing. The framework examines the key stakeholders, joint purpose, engaged value co-creation processes, contributions, bidirectional relationships of the engagement, and perceived value, exhibiting a holistic view of the value co-creation in a crowdsourcing project. Results of the analysis reveal the business performance of the crowdsourcing project and identify areas of improvement regarding business sustainability. This is a major theoretical contribution of this study. The research design applied a case study approach to empirically investigate a crowdsourcing project. Both the theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Keywords

crowdsourcing; value co-creation; business sustainability; stakeholder

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Organizational Economics & Management

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