What motivates developers in OSSP?

Benbya, Hind 2016, What motivates developers in OSSP?. In Benbya, Hind and Belbaly, N (ed), Successful OSS Project Design and Implementation: Requirements, Tools, Social Designs and Reward Structures, Routledge, Abingdon, Eng., pp.61-86, doi: 10.4324/9781315611235.

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Title What motivates developers in OSSP?
Author(s) Benbya, Hind
Title of book Successful OSS Project Design and Implementation: Requirements, Tools, Social Designs and Reward Structures
Editor(s) Benbya, Hind
Belbaly, N
Publication date 2016
Start page 61
End page 86
Total pages 26
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, Eng.
Summary Understanding what motivates developers to join and contribute to OSSP has received much popular and academic attention in recent years but still remains a puzzling phenomenon. Researchers investigating the subject have relied on different theoretical lenses (i.e., economics, sociology, psychology, information systems), to theorize about and explain the reasons that induce participants to join and contribute to such projects. Early studies and theorizations have largely argued that developers engage in the creation of useful and socially valuable software mainly for social and altruistic reasons (Raymond, 1999). Since then, various approaches to examining OSS developers’ motives have emerged. Each of them provides several reasons for developers’ participation to OSSP (e.g., Hars and Ou, 2002; Ghosh et al., 2002; Lakhani and Wolf, 2005; Shah, 2006; Benbya and Belbaly, 2010). While, our knowledge of developers’ motives in OSSP is growing, understanding how developers behave in OSSP and why they behave that way, remains an open question.
ISBN 9780566087950
Language eng
DOI 10.4324/9781315611235
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 080609 Information Systems Management
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2011, Hind Benbya and Nassim Belbaly
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