When beggers become choosers

Kasper Edwards


This paper explores the notion of leadership in open source software development projects. This paper departs from the discussion of leadership in Learner and Tiroles working paper "The Simple Economics of Open Source". My paper argues that leaders in open source projects only have indirect means of influence on what co-developers should develop. It is shown that leaders are beggars for help and contributions from co-developers, when the project starts up. But leaders become choosers, if a project becomes successful and attracts the attention of productive co-developers. The paper discusses the source of power of the open source project leaders as well.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v5i10.795

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