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1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: We thank the senior editor on the manuscript, V. Sambamurthy, and the anonymous associate editor and reviewers for their many insightful suggestions on earlier versions of this paper. We also thank Science Foundation award IIS-0347376. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the(More)
The main thesis developed and tested in this article is that development stage plays an important moderating role in determining both objective and subjective performance outcomes in free/open source software (F/OSS) projects. This contention is supported by an empirical study of 67 F/OSS projects, with results indicating that subjective performance(More)
Diversity is a defining characteristic of global collectives facilitated by the Internet. Though substantial evidence suggests that diversity has profound implications for a variety of outcomes including performance, member engagement, and withdrawal behavior, the effects of diversity have been predominantly investigated in the context of organizational(More)
This paper develops and tests a model of the impact of licensing restrictiveness and organizational sponsorship on the popularity and vitality of open source software (OSS) development projects. Using data gathered from Freshmeat.net and OSS project home pages the main conclusions derived from the analysis are that organizational sponsorship has a positive(More)
This paper explores the application of functional data analysis (FDA) as a means to study the dynamics of software evolution in the open source context. Several challenges in analyzing the data from software projects are discussed, an approach to overcoming those challenges is described , and preliminary results from the analysis of a sample of open source(More)
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