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Die Governance von Open-Source-Projekten


  • Egon Franck
  • Carola Jungwirth

    () (Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, University of Zurich
    Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, University of Zurich)


Das open source entwickelte Betriebssystem Linux setzt den Quasi- Monopolisten Microsoft gefährlich unter Druck. Diese Entwicklung ist aus einer organisationsökonomischen Perspektive deswegen bemerkenswert, weil hinter Linux kein hierarchisches Unternehmen mit zentraler Steuerung und einem Gewinnmaximierungsziel steht, sondern eine lose zusammengewürfelte Gruppe von Freiwilligen - eine sogenannte Open-Source-Community -, die sich dezentral organisiert und die von ihr entwickelten Programme frei zur Verfügung stellt. In unserem Beitrag untersuchen wir, unter welchen Bedingungen Beitragsleister in einem Open-Source-Projekt professionelle Arbeit verrichten, ohne dafür ein Gehalt zu erhalten. Wir unterstellen dabei, dass die Beitragsleister durchaus unterschiedliche Teilnahmemotive haben. Der Fokus liegt daher auf der Frage, wie eine Governance-Struktur gestaltet sein muss, innerhalb derer sich die unterschiedlichen Interessen realisieren lassen.

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  • Egon Franck & Carola Jungwirth, 2002. "Die Governance von Open-Source-Projekten," Working Papers 0009, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).
  • Handle: RePEc:iso:wpaper:0009

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    1. Egon Franck & Carola Jungwirth, 2003. "Reconciling Rent-Seekers and Donators – The Governance Structure of Open Source," Journal of Management & Governance, Springer;Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA), vol. 7(4), pages 401-421, December.
    2. Egon Franck & Carola Jungwirth & Benno Luthiger, 2005. "Motivation und Engagement beim OSS-Programmieren- Eine empirische Analyse," Working Papers 0036, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU).

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    Economics of Science; Individual Placing Strategies; Standardization and Compatibility;

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    • B00 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - General - - - History of Economic Thought, Methodology, and Heterodox Approaches
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • L15 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Information and Product Quality


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