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Dariusz Jemielniak

Dariusz Jemielniak (born March 17, 1975 Warsaw) is a (full) professor of management and the head of the Center for Research on Organizations and Workplaces (CROW) at Kozminski University. His interests evolve around critical management studies, open collaboration projects (such as Wikipedia or F/LOSS), narrativity, knowledge-intensive organizations, virtual communities, startup strategies, all studied by interpretive and qualitative methods[1]. He has recently published the first fully ethnographic study of Wikipedia community: Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia (2014) with Stanford University Press.

His other research so far has included e.g. workplace studies of knowledge-intensive workers on the example of software engineers in the US and in Europe[2], summed up in a previous book on "the new knowledge workers"[3], as well as the social organization of Wikipedia[4][5], which is the ongoing topic of his study. He conducted research projects at Cornell University (2004-2005), Harvard University (2007), Berkeley (2008), and Harvard Law School (2011-2012).

Within Wikimedia movement, Dariusz is involved in the Polish Wikipedia, where he serves as an admin and a bureaucrat, as well as globally as one of the stewards. Previously he served one term on the Ombudsman commission. Although he has never held any roles or functions at the Polish chapter, he is its member.

His NGO running experience 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 carried on 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[6].

He has been an entrepreneur, having founded, the most popular Polish online dictionary (with up to 300 thousand unique visitors per month), and a couple of other Internet start-ups.

Dariusz believes that science should be also fun, and is the Polish Chief Desk of the Annals of Improbable Research, best known for running the annual Ig Nobel Prizes ceremony[7].

Dariusz's hobbies include running (he is currently preparing for his second marathon), martial arts (he is a brown belt in karate, but has recently switched to krav-maga), poker, sailing, and eating. His personal website can be found at


  1. About us. Dariusz Jemielniak CROW website, accessed on 1 Oct. 2012
  2. Claburn, Thomas (2010) Software engineers doubt competence of Managers, accessed on 1 Oct. 2012
  3. Jemielniak, Dariusz (2012), The New Knowledge Workers, Cheltenham, UK – Northampton, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, ISBN 978-1-84844-753-0.
  4. Cohen, Noam (2010) How Can Wikipedia Grow? Maybe in Bengali, The New York Times (, accessed on 1 Oct. 2012
  5. Hamann, Mathias (2010) Wikipedia ist wie "World of Warcraft" Der Spiegel ( accessed on 1 Oct. 2012
  6. Continuing Education for English teachers in Rural areas in Poland], accessed on 1 Oct. 2012
  7. Improbable research bio note, accessed on 1 Oct. 2012