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Individual focus and knowledge contribution
Abstract Before contributing new knowledge, individBefore contributing new knowledge, individuals must attain requisite background knowledge or skills through schooling, training, practice, and experience. Given limited time, individuals often choose either to focus on few areas, where they build deep expertise, or to delve less deeply and distribute their attention and efforts across several areas. In this paper we measure the relationship between the narrowness of focus and the quality of contribution across a range of both traditional and recent knowledge sharing media, including scholarly articles, patents, Wikipedia, and online question and answer forums. Across all systems, we observe a small but significant positive correlation between focus and quality.ive correlation between focus and quality.
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Collected data time dimension Longitudinal  +
Comments "Across all systems, we observe a small but signi cant positive correlation between focus and quality."
Conclusion In conclusion, we have quanti ed the valueIn conclusion, we have quanti ed the value an individual's focus in contributing knowledge through dif- ferent media and across a wide range of elds. Consistently we observe a slight but signi cant correlation between an individual's degree of focus and this individual's quality of contribution. The relationship persists even when quantity of contributions is taken into account. How should individuals invest their time? While our results do not demonstrate causality, the overall trend appears to favor those who do a few things and do them well. However, individuals who focus in a very narrow eld tend to contribute work that is on average less-well recognized than that of their slightly less focused peers.that of their slightly less focused peers.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Individual%2Bfocus%2Band%2Bknowledge%2Bcontribution%22  +
Has author Lada A. Adamic + , Xiao Wei + , Jiang Yang + , Sean Gerrish + , Kevin K. Nam + , Gavin S. Clarkson +
Has domain Information science +
Has topic Antecedents of quality + , Quality improvement processes +
Issue 3  +
Month March  +
Pages 14  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in First Monday +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions In this paper we measure the relationship In this paper we measure the relationship between the narrowness of focus and the quality of contribution across a range of both traditional and recent knowledge sharing media, including scholarly articles, patents, Wikipedia, and online question and answer forums.ia, and online question and answer forums.
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Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Individual focus and knowledge contribution
Unit of analysis Edit  +
Url http://arxiv.org/pdf/1002.0561.pdf  +
Volume 15  +
Wikipedia coverage Sample data  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type Article  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:28:59  +
Categories Antecedents of quality  + , Quality improvement processes  + , Information science  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:28:53  +
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