Altruistic individuals, selfish firms? The structure of motivation in Open Source software

@article{Bonaccorsi2004AltruisticIS,
  title={Altruistic individuals, selfish firms? The structure of motivation in Open Source software},
  author={Andrea Bonaccorsi and Cristina Rossi},
  journal={First Monday},
  year={2004},
  volume={9}
}
A growing body of economic literature is addressing the issue of incentives for individuals who take part in the Open Source Software (OSS) movement, while empirical analyses focus on individual developers but neglect firms that do business with it. During 2002, we conducted a large-scale survey on 146 Italian firms supplying OSS in Italy and this paper compares our data on firms’ motivations with data emerging from surveys made on individual programmers. Our objective is to analyse the role… CONTINUE READING
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