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GECKOSGenerating Employee Crowdsourced Knowledge for Organizational Solutions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0043
Agency Tracking Number: N172-131-0147
Amount: $224,820.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N172-131
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-10-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-17
Small Business Information
400 South Main Street
Springboro, OH 45066
United States
DUNS: 601628717
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael McCloskey
 (937) 743-0361
Business Contact
 Michael McCloskey
Phone: (937) 743-0361
Research Institution

Identifying and resolving organizational inefficiencies often requires hiring external consultants. The capabilities of collaborative crowdsourcing, however, provide an opportunity for organizations to leverage their own employees to achieve this task. We propose the development of GECKOS (Generating Employee Crowdsourced Knowledge for Organizational Solutions), a tool that integrates a wide range of algorithmic capabilities to identify and resolve organizational inefficiencies efficiently and effectively. GECKOS brings together expertise in crowdsourcing algorithm development, distributed team performance, collaborative team motivation, decision making, and human-automation design. It will provide organizations with a continuous improvement capability that incorporates contributions and insights across all organizational levels and units. Consideration of anonymity, motivation, team and task design, data aggregation, and other factors will be critical to the design of GECKOS, as will the experimental plan and associated metrics to validate its effectiveness. Cognitive analyses and human-centered principles will guide the design of collaborative workspaces and rulesets governing interactions to promote collaboration.

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