How Can Open Source Software Projects Be Compared with Organizations?

Eckert, Remo (8 June 2018). How Can Open Source Software Projects Be Compared with Organizations? In: OSS 2018: Open Source Systems: Enterprise Software and Solutions 525 (pp. 3-14). Springer 10.1007/978-3-319-92375-8_1

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The existence of a community plays a central role in the development of Open Source Software (OSS). Communities are commonly defined as a group of people sharing common norms or values. The common interest of an OSS project is obvious: to develop software under an OSS license. When we look at the rather general definition of a community, we see that there is a similarity to the term ‘organization’. This paper draws parallels between OSS projects and the general elements of an organization and shows the different elements comprised in an OSS community: people, organization and assets. Each of those elements is enriched with examples from different research in the corresponding OSS research stream and provides a broad overview of the elements of OSS projects. With the help of this comparison, research on OSS can be made more focused and aligned with organizational research.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems > Information Management
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Information Systems

UniBE Contributor:

Eckert, Remo

Subjects:

000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Remo Eckert

Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2018 15:12

Last Modified:

12 Jun 2018 15:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/978-3-319-92375-8_1

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/117156

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