Altruistic individuals, selfish firms? The structure of motivation in Open Source software

Andrea Bonaccorsi, Cristina Rossi

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Altruistic individuals, selfish firms? The structure of motivation in Open Source software by Andrea Bonaccorsi and Cristina Rossi

During 2002, we conducted a survey on 146 Italian firms supplying Open Source software. This paper compares our data on firms’ motivations with data emerging from surveys made on individual programmers. We analyse the role played by different classes of motivations (social, economic and technological) in determining the involvement of different groups of agents in Open Source activities.



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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v9i1.1113



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