effects of employee motivation on the extent of participation in a crowdsourcing context

Open Access
Kenawell, Andrew R
Area of Honors:
Information Sciences and Technology
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Eileen M Trauth, Thesis Supervisor
  • Andrea H Tapia, Honors Advisor
  • Lisa B Erickson, Faculty Reader
  • crowdsourcing
  • intrinsic motivation
  • extrinsic motivation
  • participation
  • wiki
This study investigates the relationship between the motivation of employees and their participation in a crowdsourced wiki. An in-depth literature review was conducted that was consistent with the results found by the initial survey. A sample of 67 participants answered a survey designed to establish whether their behavioral motivation is intrinsic or extrinsic. This behavioral motivation was then linked to the extent to which they participated in a job-related wiki. Based on findings, intrinsic motivation was found to have a more positive effect on participation than extrinsic motivation.