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Business Scholar at Freie Universität Won Award for Research on Digital Communities

Management Expert Leonard Dobusch Honored with Carolyn Dexter Award

№ 301/2013 from Oct 15, 2013

The junior professor of organization theory at Freie Universität Berlin Leonhard Dobusch has received the prestigious Carolyn Dexter Award for work in identifying strategies of digital communities. Dobusch was able to show how large groups of external stakeholders can be involved in strategy development processes by using digital technologies. The paper co-authored by the economist and his colleague Jakob Kapeller is entitled "Open Strategy between Crowd and Community: Lessons from Wikimedia Commons and Creative." The award was recently presented to Dobusch and Kapeller at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

In their paper Dobusch and Kapeller discuss the potentials and challenges of participatory strategy development processes with regard to different types of digital communities such as Wikimedia, the organization behind the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, or Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that develops alternative copyright licenses.

The Carolyn Dexter Award is given to management experts whose intensive and critical observation and creative methods lead to new insights in management theory and contribute to the internationalization of business and management. The award is presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, the world's largest conference for management research with about 10,000 participants attending each year.

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Leonhard Dobusch, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-56274, Email: