Welcome Does Code Architecture Mitigate Free Riding in the Open Source Development Model ?

@inproceedings{Baldwin2003WelcomeDC,
  title={Welcome Does Code Architecture Mitigate Free Riding in the Open Source Development Model ?},
  author={Carliss Y. Baldwin and Kim B. Clark},
  year={2003}
}
This paper argues that the architecture of a codebase is a critical factor that lies at the heart of the open source development process. To support this argument, we define two observable properties of an architecture: (1) its modularity and (2) its option values. Developers can make informed judgments about modularity and option value from early code releases. Their judgments in turn will influence their decisions to work and to contribute their code back to the community. We go on to suggest… CONTINUE READING