Leadership Styles in Maintaining the Stability of Open Source Software Communities
Jae Yun Moon, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
We examine the effectiveness of leadership styles in maintaining the stability of open source software (OSS) communities where participants voluntarily collaborate in the production of a broad range of software programs. Since contributors can freely leave a particular OSS community, and the success of open source software projects hinges on the sustained involvement of key participants. It has become increasingly important to understand the factors that result in a stable membership base. Building on prior research, we assess how leadership style and network characteristics (size and structure) influence the stability and cohesiveness of an OSS community.