Theory of collective action

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Theory of collective action


TCA (?)

Alternate name(s)

Main dependent construct(s)/factor(s)

Main independent construct(s)/factor(s)

Concise description of theory

The economic theory of collective action is concerned with the provision of public goods (and other collective consumption) through the collaboration of two or more individuals, and the impact of externalities on group behavior. It is more commonly referred to as Public Choice. Mancur Olson's 1965 book The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups, is an important early analysis of the problems of public good cost.


Diagram/schematic of theory


Originating author(s)

Mancur Olson

Seminal articles

Hardin, Russell (1982). Collective Action. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore.

Olson, Mancur (1965). The Logic of Collective Action. Harvard University Press

Originating area

Sociology, Economics, Political Science

Level of analysis

IS articles that use the theory

Wasko, M. M., Faraj, S., & Teigland, R. (2004). Collective action and knowledge contribution in electronic networks of practice. Journal of the Association for Information Systems5(11), 2.

Zhao, K., Xia, M., & Shaw, M. J. (2011). What motivates firms to contribute to consortium-based e-business standardization?. Journal of Management Information Systems28(2), 305-334.

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External links, Wikipedia entry on TCA

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