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ERIC Number: EJ837230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 101
ISSN: ISSN-1368-1613
Communal Resources in Open Source Software Development
Spaeth, Sebastian; Haefliger, Stefan; von Krogh, Georg; Renzl, Birgit
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v13 n1 Paper 332 Mar 2008
Introduction: Virtual communities play an important role in innovation. The paper focuses on the particular form of collective action in virtual communities underlying as Open Source software development projects. Method: Building on resource mobilization theory and private-collective innovation, we propose a theory of collective action in innovative virtual communities. We identify three communal resources (reputation, control over technology and learning opportunities) that appear as a byproduct while developing open source software. Analysis: Constructs are derived from exiting literature. Empirical data from Freenet, an open source software project for peer-to-peer software, illustrates both the levels of involvement and the communal resources. Results & conclusions: Communal resources are able to solve the collective action dilemma for virtual communities. We show that they increase in value for individuals along with their involvement in the community. (Contains 1 table and 13 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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