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The effects of group composition on decision quality in a social production community

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The effects of group composition on decision quality in a social production community
Online social production communities allow efficient construction of valuable and high-quality information sources. To be successful, community members must be effective at collaboration, including making collective decisions in the presence of disagreement. We examined over 100,000 decisions made by small working groups in Wikipedia, and analyzed how decision quality in these online groups is influenced by four group composition factors: the size of the group, how members were invited to the group, the prior experience of group members, and apparent bias shown by the group administrator. Our findings lead us to recommendations for designers of social production communities. Categories and Subject Descriptors H.3.4 [Information Systems]: Systems and Software--Information networks; H.5.3 [Information Systems]: Group and Organization Interfaces--computer-supported collaborative work General Terms Human Factors, Measurement Keywords Wikipedia, decision making, small groups, collaboration...
Shyong K. Lam, Jawed Karim, John Riedl
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Type Journal
Year 2010
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Authors Shyong K. Lam, Jawed Karim, John Riedl
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