Where is the crowd?

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Warren, Stephen
Gleasure, Robert
O'Reilly, Philip
Feller, Joseph
Li, Shanping
Christoforo, Jerry
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Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
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Crowdfunding has received increasing attention in the financial services space in the past few years. This is because crowdfunding has become a viable alternative to traditional capital investment and thus a threat to investors in that sector. Various platforms exist which allow fundraisers to pitch an idea and spread awareness with the intention of acquiring backers. Most backers of crowdfunding campaigns come to the platform with the fundraiser rather than from the platform itself [25]. Fundraisers must find and engage a crowd and not rely on the platform for provision of the crowd. This paper sets out four action design principles for identifying and engaging a crowd. Using a boundary object theory approach, the crowdfunding campaign is broken down based on backer’s social worlds which define the crowd and their interests.
Crowdfunding , Boundary object theory , Social worlds , Design science
Warren, S., Gleasure, R., O’Reilly, P., Feller, J., Li, S., Christoforo, J. 2017. Where is the crowd?. In: Maedche, A., vom Brocke, J., Hevner, A. (eds.) Designing the Digital Transformation: DESRIST 2017 Research in Progress Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology. Karlsruhe, Germany. 30 May - 1 Jun. Karslruhe: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), pp. 172-179