Software firms’ participation in Open Source Software (OSS) projects is a widespread phenomenon. Firms participate in the projects of collective software development created by the OSS community by varied participation strategies (i.e. offering sponsorships, writing and debugging code, testing the software, and so on). To date, investigations on firms’ participation in OSS projects have mostly focused on firms’ incentives to participate or on the effects of projects’ participation on firms’ performance. The present paper advances the received knowledge in that it addresses following research question: what is the impact, if any, of specific firms’ participation strategies on OSS projects’ performances? We investigate this empirically through the estimation of regression models on a sample of 1,308 OSS projects hosted on SourceForge.net.

Firms' Participation Strategies and Performances of OSS Projects: An Empirical Analysis

Francesco Rullani
2011

Abstract

Software firms’ participation in Open Source Software (OSS) projects is a widespread phenomenon. Firms participate in the projects of collective software development created by the OSS community by varied participation strategies (i.e. offering sponsorships, writing and debugging code, testing the software, and so on). To date, investigations on firms’ participation in OSS projects have mostly focused on firms’ incentives to participate or on the effects of projects’ participation on firms’ performance. The present paper advances the received knowledge in that it addresses following research question: what is the impact, if any, of specific firms’ participation strategies on OSS projects’ performances? We investigate this empirically through the estimation of regression models on a sample of 1,308 OSS projects hosted on SourceForge.net.
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