Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales had even greater ambitions than previous encyclopedists. He
wanted not only to build a comprehensive reference work but also to make it freely available to as many people as possible. The Internet and World Wide Web were key to Wales’s vision, since a free Web-based encyclopedia would be usable by anyone with Internet access
Harvard Bus School Case: Wikimedia
Harvard Business School case study about Wikipedia says:
See the entire case on-line as well as exhibits.