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Capability Coordination in Modular Organization: Voluntary FS/OSS Production and the Case of Debian GNU/Linux

  • Giampaolo Garzarelli

    (University of Rome, 'La Sapienza')

  • Roberto Galoppini

    (ACME Solutions, s.r.l.)

The paper analyzes voluntary Free Software/Open Source Software (FS/OSS) organization of work. The empirical setting considered is the Debian GNU/Linux operating system. The paper finds that the production process is hierarchical notwithstanding the modular (nearly decomposable) architecture of software and of voluntary FS/OSS organization. But voluntary FS/OSS project organization is not hierarchical for the same reasons suggested by the most familiar theories of economic organization: hierarchy is justified for coordination of continuous change, rather than for the direction of static production. Hierarchy is ultimately the overhead attached to the benefits engendered by modular organization.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: 21 Dec 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpio:0312005
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