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Modular design and the development of complex artifact lesson fron free open source software

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  • Alessandro Rossi
  • Alessandro Narduzzo

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Organizational and managerial theories of modularity applied to the design and production of complex artifacts are used to interpret the rise and success of Free/Open Source Software methodologies and practices in software engineering

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Paper provided by Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy in its series Quaderni DISA with number 080.

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Date of creation: Sep 2003
Date of revision: 29 Sep 2003
Handle: RePEc:trt:disatr:080

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Keywords: modularity; software project management; free/open source software; division of labor; coordination; information hiding;

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