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The governance of free/open source software projects: monolithic, multidimensional, or configurational?

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  • M. Markus

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    This paper presents the results of a qualitative review and synthesis of the literature on open source governance, addressing four key questions: (1) How has open source software (OSS) governance been defined? (2) Has the phenomenon of OSS governance been conceptualized as a monolithic or multidimensional phenomenon? (3) What purposes is OSS governance hypothesized to serve? and (4) What are the dimensions of OSS governance, and how are these dimensions related to each other? The results of the review suggest a framework for future comparative and case study research on OSS governance, and they provide a basis for comparison with research on the governance of other distributed, community-based forms of content and creation. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Management & Governance.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 151-163

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jmgtgv:v:11:y:2007:i:2:p:151-163

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    Keywords: Collective action; Common pool resources/public goods; Coordination theory; Governance; Institutional theory; Motivation; Open source software;

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    1. Andreas Freytag & Sebastian von Engelhardt, 2010. "Institutions, Culture, and Open Source," Jena Economic Research Papers 2010-010, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.

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