Knowledge sharing can be seen as a social dilemma. Mutual knowledge sharing can lead to a benefit for all the participants. However, establishing voluntary knowledge sharing can be difficult because each member benefits from the knowledge offered by others but gains little from the own contribution. Knowledge markets could overcome this problem. To analyze knowledge markets we designed and implemented the Data Trader Game. This computer-assisted game was used for the real-life experiments of different market mechanisms and their effects on knowledge sharing.
Miller, Roland M.; Haiduk, Stephanie; Heertsch, Nadine; and Spiliopoulou, Myra, "Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Different Market Mechanisms for Electronic Knowledge Markets" (2005). ECIS 2005 Proceedings. 80.