Informal control in open source projects: an empirical assessment

Basnet, Prajwal and Lane, Michael S. (2005) Informal control in open source projects: an empirical assessment. In: ACIS 2005: 16th Australasian Conference on Information Systems: Socialising IT - Thinking About The People, 30 Nov-2 Dec 2005, Manly, Australia.

Abstract

Control of open source projects is problematic because of the very nature and ideology of the open source paradigm. In contrast to commercial software projects, there are no formal control mechanisms in place and participation is generally voluntary in open source projects. However, despite this apparent lack of control of the project, open source software development has become a viable and cost effective way of developing high quality software. This paper reports on a quantitative study which tested the impact of informal control on the effectiveness of the core group of software developers in open source projects. The findings indicate that clan control and self control impact positively on the various dimensions of the group effectiveness of the core group of software developers in open source projects.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions and at special request of authors.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:20
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: open source projects; informal control; clan control; self control; group effectiveness; project output; group cohesion; benefits to group members
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080306 Open Software
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080309 Software Engineering
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/401

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