Thomas Gegenhuber is a doctoral student at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Austria. His research interests are crowdsourcing, (open) innovation and creativity. Thomas has written chapters for books, published articles in academic journals and has presented his work at international conferences. Furthermore he is an Open Government advocate and contributes to such projects in his hometown Linz. Thomas has worked for several years in leading positions for political organizations and he has worked for the Toronto-based Think Tank of Wikonomics-Author Don Tapscott. As part of his studies, he investigates under what conditions crowdsourcing is a viable option for an organization. To answer this question he expands the rational approach of current research by considering that crowdsourcing is embedded in a social and institutional context.