Dariusz Jemielniak

Dariusz Jemielniak

Dariusz Jemielniak

Jemielniak in 2015
Born (1975-03-17) March 17, 1975
Warsaw, Poland
Nationality Polish
Fields Economics
Institutions Kozminski University

Dariusz Jemielniak (born March 17, 1975, Warsaw, Poland) is a full professor of management, the head of the Center for Research on Organizations and Workplaces (CROW), and a founder of New Research on Digital Societies (NeRDS) group at Kozminski University. His interests revolve about critical management studies, open collaboration projects (such as Wikipedia or F/LOSS), narrativity, storytelling, knowledge-intensive organizations, virtual communities, organizational archetypes, all studied by interpretive and qualitative methods.[1] In 2015, he was elected to the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees.


He is a graduate of the renowned VI Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Tadeusza Reytana w Warszawie and a 2000 summa cum laude graduate from the Faculty of Management, Warsaw University. In 2004 he earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Kozminski University, with Andrzej Koźmiński being the supervisor of his thesis on IT workers in organisations; study of programmers' professional culture. In 2009, following his thesis Praca oparta na wiedzy[2] he received his habilitation. In 2014, he received his Professor's degree from the President of Poland.

His research so far has included workplace studies of knowledge-intensive workers on the example of software engineers in the US and in Europe.[3] He has written a book on "the new knowledge workers",[4] as well as the social organization of Wikipedia[5][6] titled Common Knowledge?: An Ethnography of Wikipedia, first published in Poland in 2013 as Życie wirtualnych dzikich. Netnografia Wikipedii, największego projektu współtworzonego przez ludzi.[7] The book follows a period of research on identity and roles in open source projects, in the form of participating ethnography[8][9][10]

Jemielniak has conducted research projects at Cornell University (2004-2005), Harvard University (2007), Berkeley (2008), and Harvard Law School (2011-2012, 2015-2016). Jemielniak also conducts research on organisational changes in higher education facilities[11] and is an active participant in the debate on the reform of higher education in Poland.[12][13][14][15]

His experience running NGO includes being an elected chairperson of "Inkubator" association (organizing a network of young Poles with literary talents) for one term as well as being an elected chairperson of Collegium Invisibile association for three terms. In both cases responsibilities included writing grant proposals and active fundraising. Collegium Invisibile experience allowed Dariusz to participate in the Higher Education Support Program within the Soros Foundation network, including a 300h course on fundraising in Budapest, Moscow, and Blagoevgrad. He also has served on the Funds Dissemination Committee of the "English Teaching" program (aimed at improving language skills of English teachers in rural areas of Poland) coordinated by Fundacja Nida from the funds of Polish-American Freedom Foundation over the last 8+ years.[16]

Dariusz is the Polish Chief Desk of the Annals of Improbable Research, best known for running the annual Ig Nobel Prizes ceremony.[17] He is also author of Ling.pl, one of Poland's largest Internet dictionary, as well as of angielski.edu.pl, an English-learning website.[18]

Within the Wikimedia movement, Dariusz is involved in the Polish Wikipedia, where he serves as an admin, a bureaucrat, and a checkuser,[19] as well as globally as one of the stewards until early 2016. Previously he served one term on the Wikimedia Foundation's ombudsman commission. He was the first non-EU and non-US community elected member of the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation.[20][21][22]

He was the only person who (besides from Heilman himself) voted against the removal of James Heilman from the Wikimedia Foundation's board of trustees.[23]

He is a member of the Polish chapter of Wikimedia, but has never held any roles or position in it.

He was one of the active participants in the discourse on allowing paid edits to be made on the Wikimedia projects,[24] as well as on reducing the bureaucracy within the projects,[25][26] and conflict resolution.[27] He is an advocate of wider involvement of women in the Wikimedia movement[28] as well as of deeper involvement of academic circles in using and editing Wikipedia (writing Wikipedia articles by students as criteria for obtaining credit, checking their level of knowledge and creating texts useful to the society at large at the same time).[29][30][31] He considers it the moral oblication of all Wikipedia users to correct any mistakes they see, even if they do not support the movement financially.[32]

Selected academic publications

Notes and references

  1. About us. Dariusz Jemielniak CROW website, accessed on 1 October 2012
  2. Andrzej Gontarz (2009-10-06). "Mity i fakty". computerworld.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  3. Claburn, Thomas (2010) Software engineers doubt competence of Managers informationweek.in, accessed on 1 October 2012
  4. Jemielniak, Dariusz (2012), The New Knowledge Workers, Cheltenham, UK – Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, ISBN 978-1-84844-753-0.
  5. Cohen, Noam (2010) How Can Wikipedia Grow? Maybe in Bengali, The New York Times (nytimes.com), accessed on 1 October 2012
  6. Hamann, Mathias (2010) Wikipedia ist wie "World of Warcraft" Der Spiegel (spiegel.de) accessed on 1 October 2012
  7. "Życie wirtualnych dzikich" (in Polish). Poltext. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  8. Noam Cohen (2010-07-11). "How Can Wikipedia Grow? Maybe in Bengali". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  9. Mathias Hamann (2010-07-12). "Wikipedia ist wie "World of Warcraft"" (in German). spiegel.de. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  10. "Впечатления от Wikimania 2010" (in Russian). habrahabr.ru. 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  11. Jemielniak, Dariusz; Greenwood, Davydd J. "Wake Up or Perish: Neo-Liberalism, the Social Sciences, and Salvaging the Public University". Cultural Studies ⇔ Critical Methodologies. doi:10.1177/1532708613516430.
  12. Dariusz Jemielniak (2011-01-01). "Reforma obok nauki" (in Polish). Forum Akademickie. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  13. Dariusz Jemielniak (2010-12-23). "Doktorat w ubikacji?" (in Polish). wyborcza.pl. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  14. Dariusz Jemielniak (2011-11-03). "Bezkonkurencyjna reforma" (in Polish). rp.pl. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  15. Dariusz Jemielniak (2014-01-08). "Grzeszna reforma" (in Polish). polityka.pl. Retrieved 2013-01-10.
  16. Continuing Education for English teachers in Rural areas in Poland atlanticreview.org, accessed on 1 October 2012
  17. Improbable research bio note, accessed on 1 October 2012
  18. "Dariusz Jemielniak" (in Polish). czytelnia.onet.pl. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
  19. Jemielniak, Dariusz (22 June 2014). "The Unbearable Bureaucracy of Wikipedia". Slate.com. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  20. Joanna Sosnowska. "O losach Wikipedii będzie współdecydować Polak - prof. Dariusz Jemielniak" (in Polish). gazeta.pl. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  21. Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska. "Polski profesor wśród członków Rady Powierniczej Wikimedia Foundation" (in Polish). Blog Stowarzyszenia Wikimedia Polska. Retrieved 2015-06-06.
  22. Dominika Majewska. "Polak w radzie Wikipedii! To pierwszy taki przypadek w historii" (in Polish). natemat.pl. Retrieved 2015-06-07.
  23. foundation:Resolution:James Heilman Removal
  24. Jemielniak, Dariusz (2014) Why Wikipedia needs paid editing, "The Daily Dot"
  25. Jemielniak, Dariusz (2014) The Unbearable Bureaucracy of Wikipedia, "Slate"
  26. Superstacja (2015) Polak we władzach Wikipedii. Prof. Dariusz Jemielniak w programie Raport, wywiad telewizyjny 2015.06.15, 16:05
  27. Polska Agencja Prasowa (2015) Prof. Jemielniak: jednym z motorów napędowych Wikipedii jest konflikt
  28. "Prof. Jemielniak: "Nie każdy musi mieć hasło w Wikipedii"" (in Polish). wyborcza.pl. Retrieved 2015-06-14.
  29. Dariusz Jemielniak. "Wikipedia, a Professor's Best Friend". Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  30. Radio dla Ciebie (2015) Popołudnie RDC: “Wikipedii nie interesuje prawda, ale dobrze uźródłowiona informacja”, radio interview, 06-08-2015 18:34
  31. Justyna Suchecka. "Nie każdy trafi do Wikipedii" (in Polish). wyborcza.pl. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  32. TVN BiS (2015) To on będzie decydował o losach Wikipedii. "Jest sporo do zrobienia", TV interview, 06-14-2015, 16:12
  33. Anita Grochola, Antoni Kowalik (2008-12-08). "Oferta, która goni wydarzenia" (in Polish). rp.pl. Retrieved 2010-10-22.

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