The way in which companies benefit from open source software (OSS) communities varies and corresponds with the business strategy they maintain. One way of establishing influence in OSS communities is by deploying own resources to an OSS project. Assigning own paid developers to work for an OSS project is a suitable means to influence project work. On the other hand, the pertinent literature on user communities and governance in OSS maintains that a large proportion of influence individuals have in a community depends on their position in the community. This view is reflected by social capital theory, which posits that strong relationships and network positions that are advantageous to access information are valuable resources that affect different downstream variables, most importantly value creation. In this talk, I will give an update on my ongoing work on analyzing firm-sponsored developers, which are active in the Linux kernel community.
03.12.2015 - 10:15