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

  title={Altruistic individuals, selfish firms? The structure of motivation in Open Source software},
  author={Andrea Bonaccorsi and Cristina Rossi},
  journal={First Monday},
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
Highly Cited
This paper has 70 citations. REVIEW CITATIONS

From This Paper

Figures, tables, and topics from this paper.

Explore Further: Topics Discussed in This Paper


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 45 extracted citations

70 Citations

Citations per Year
Semantic Scholar estimates that this publication has 70 citations based on the available data.

See our FAQ for additional information.


Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 11 references

Why Open Source software may succeed

A. Bonaccorsi, C. Rossi
Research Policy, • 2003
View 1 Excerpt

Some simple economics of the Open Source

J. Lerner, J. Tirole
The Journal of Industrial Economics, • 2002
View 3 Excerpts

Survey of Developers. Free/Libre and Open Source Software: Survey and Study, FLOSS

R. Ghosh, R. Glott, B. Krieger, G. Robles
Final Report, International Institute of Infonomics, Berlecom Research GmbH,, • 2002
View 1 Excerpt

The Scope of Open Source Licensing

Josh Lerner Jean Tirole
View 3 Excerpts

Understanding Open Source Software Development

J. Feller, B. Fitzgerald
Addison Wesley, • 2002
View 1 Excerpt

Economics of Open Source Software

L G.Green, accessed • 1999

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…