Outsourcing labour to the cloud

Jonathan R. Corney, Carmen Torres-Sánchez, A. Prasanna Jagadeesan, William C. Regli, A. Lynn

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

27 Citations (Scopus)
59 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Various forms of open sourcing to the online population are establishing themselves as cheap, effective methods of getting work done. These have revolutionised the traditional methods for innovation and have contributed to the enrichment of the concept of 'open innovation'. To date, the literature concerning this emerging topic has been spread across a diverse number of media, disciplines and academic journals. This paper attempts for the first time to survey the emerging phenomenon of open outsourcing of work to the internet using 'cloud computing'. The paper describes the volunteer origins and recent commercialisation of this business service. It then surveys the current platforms, applications and academic literature. Based on this, a generic classification for crowdsourcing tasks and a number of performance metrics are proposed. After discussing strengths and limitations, the paper concludes with an agenda for academic research in this new area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294 - 313
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • cloudsourcing
  • outsourcing
  • design engineering

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Outsourcing labour to the cloud'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this