Emergence of New Project Teams from Open Source Software Developer Networks: Impact of Prior Collaboration Ties
Jungpil Hahn, Purdue University
Chen Zhang, Purdue University
The focus of this project is to explore how the collaborative network affects developers’ choice of newly-initiated OSS projects to participate in. More specifically, by analyzing software project data from real world OSSD projects, we empirically test the impact of past collaborative ties with and perceived status of project members in the network on the self-assembly of OSSD teams. Overall, we find that a developer is more likely to join a project when he has strong collaborative ties with its initiator. We also find that perceived status of the non-initiator members of a project influences its probability of attracting developers. The findings of this research will have theoretical and practical contributions. Theoretically this will be among the first studies to introduce the role of social capital into the open source research. Practically this study will shed some light on the assembly mechanisms for self-organizing voluntary teams engaged in online collaborations.
Research is supported by 2006-07 PRF Research Grant from the Purdue Research Foundation.
Hahn, Jungpil, Moon, Jae Yun, Zhang, Chen, Emergence of New Project Teams from Open Source Software Developer Networks: Impact of Prior Collaboration Ties, INFORMATION SYSTEMS RESEARCH 2008 19: 369-391.
Hahn, Jungpil, Jae Yun Moon, and Chen Zhang. Impact of social ties on open source project team formation. The Second International Conference on Open Source Systems, Como, Italy, June 2006.