Wolf Richter is researching the potential role of Social Entrepreneurship in addressing the market failure in digital goods. His research benefits from his dual background in IP Law and Computer Sciences and his newly developed passion for China.

Wolf Richter joined the Oxford Internet Institute as a DPhil student in October 2006 to study the economical and legal impact of the social web, aka Web 2.0.

Prior to that, Wolf has worked in IT strategy consulting and was involved in transformation projects in the telecommunications, logistics and high tech industry across Europe and the US. He holds masters degrees in Intellectual property law from Swiss Federal Institute in Zurich and Computer Sciences from Humboldt University in Berlin.

Research interests

collaborative creation of intellectual goods, value chains of intellectual production, mashups and peer-to-peer enabled business models, trust, trust and quality in virtual communities, intellectual property

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil Alumnus, October 2010 –
  • DPhil student, October 2006 – October 2010

Supervisors at the OII

Current projects

Past projects

  • Performance of distributed problem-solving networks

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Paul Allan David, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Wolf Richter, Dr Matthijs den Besten, Dr Max Loubser, Dr Robert Ackland, David A. Bray, Irene Cassarino, Karen Croxson, Professor Jean-Michel Dalle, Dr Aldo Geuna, Dr Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Felix Reed-Tsochas, Philipp Tuertscher

    Addressing the uncertainties that surround the coordination and performance of 'Distributed Problem Solving Networks' (DPSN), as well as the areas in which these new Internet-based forms offer advantages over more familiar modes of problem-solving.