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Virtual Organizational Learning in Open Source Software Development Projects

Virtual Organizational Learning in Open Source Software Development Projects
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Author(s): Yoris A. Au (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA), Darrell Carpenter (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA), Xiaogang Chen (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA)and Jan G. Clark (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 3
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch288
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


Open source software (OSS) development projects exhibit many of the characteristics that make virtual organizations successful, including self-governance, a powerful set of mutually reinforcing motivations, effective work structures and processes, and technology for communication and coordination (Markus et al. 2000). Examples of thriving OSS projects include the Linux operating system, Apache Web Server, and the Mozilla Web Browser. Many OSS projects have achieved substantial success despite their seemingly disorganized structure (e.g., no central management) and the lack of monetary incentives. Raymond (2001) described the open source method of development as “a great babbling bazaar of differing agendas and approaches… out of which a stable and coherent system could seemingly emerge only by a succession of miracles.” The Bazaar development approach is characterized by design simplicity, teamwork, a visible product, and communication (Wagner 2006).

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