The third edition of the SAGE Handbook of Action Research presents a fully updated version of the bestselling text, including new chapters written by key figures in the field covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development, as well as an expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials. Building on the strength of the previous editions, editor Hilary Bradbury has carefully developed the third edition to take a strong international approach to the topic of action research and thus expanding the already-impressive scale and scope of the work. In essence, the third edition follows in the footsteps of the landmark previous editions by mapping the current state of the discipline, as well as looking to the future of the field and exploring the issues at the cutting edge of the action research paradigm today. This volume is an essential resource for scholars and professionals engaged in social and political inquiry, organizational research and education.
Chapter 52: Naturally Emerging Regulation and the Danger of Delegitimizing Conventional Leadership: Drawing on the Example of Wikipedia
Open collaboration communities, such as Wikipedia, are a relatively new phenomenon. The advances in technology have made it possible for complex, social systems involving large groups of people, who are dispersed all over the world and do not know each other otherwise, to emerge and successfully cooperate for a common goal (Kelty, 2010). These new modes of collective production rely largely on participative and egalitarian organization models, resembling industrial democracy cooperatives or kibbutzim (Greenwood, González Santos, and Cantón, 1991), and yet are significantly different because of their virtual character. In this chapter, ...