In the essay Un(der)paid Innovators: The Commercial Utiliza-tion of Consumer Work through Crowdsourcing from Kleeman looks into the topic of crowdsourcing. Kleeman talks about a variety of different types of crowdsourcing in his essay, but I would like to focus on it only within the business and not outside such as customers and consumers. For those of you that is not fully aware of crowding sourcing,
Crowdsourcing is a business plan that surrenders the task of one employee or individual to a massive group of people. This is obviously done in the belief of quicker productivity and less time wasted. In many cases crowdsourcing is more efficient and this is always something I believed in taking courses at college, especially computer science, which working in groups is more effective. I mean it is understandable that professors at colleges and universities have to challenge what students are individually capable of so it is unrealistic for students to always be able to work together since they are sharing their diploma. However, when students graduate school, get all their necessary diplomas and are in the business world of labor they will always be working with other employees in almost all challenging tasks. Certain employees can show off their talents by completing their necessary work on their own to show their value and that’s where going to good colleges and universities pays off. However, a company can be more productive and make better time management to have a team of people get the necessary elements of their project done before a certain deadline.
The big disadvantage of hard ego people or more qualified employees in general is that they try to get big tasks done on their own and then get beat by another company of people who may not even have as many talented individuals. I have seen this happen from my father’s experience in the business world. He used to work for a company of many highly qualified computer scientists and initially he had great success, but then they went out of business because many of the employees tried to overrule each other and use their own dominant ideas of projects instead of working together.
I ask many of my friends who have graduated or have been employed in the computer science field of how they are able to do so much work on their own? They look at me saying “what are you talking about all the projects are cooperative.” My reaction is that many of my assignments were substantial and the only way I was able to complete them was cooperating with other students. My friends who are already employed or have done internships have practically told me that crowdsourcing is the way to go in the business field because you have more people and a variety of different minded individuals giving their perspective. I am a Film & New Media Studies major, but computer science is a big interest of mine as well as music history and business. In my video production class when I worked with students on film projects it was frustrating working on the story board because we all had our own ideas and I preferred the entire group followed mine. This obviously isn’t right or fair but crowdsourcing does have its disadvantages and the instance where it shows is in management.
Kleeman in his essay or article reminds us that workers can be underpaid in the instance of crowdsourcing so it is somewhat justified why some people decide to work on their own. I like how Kleeman discusses the working consumer in terms of crowdsourcing by saying “Since the 1990s, the internet has been playing an important role in expanding forms of cooperation between firms and consumers in the production process” (Kleeman, 6). It is interesting how consumers and customers are also a part of crowdsourcing especially through the internet, but do many of you believe crowdsourcing is necessary or not?