More and more companies are learning about the benefits of working with open source software (OSS). What few realize, however, are the challenges associated with adopting a new way of software development. In a recent paper by Oliver Alexy, Joachim Henkel and myself (just accepted in Research Policy), we analyze the effects OSS has on various job roles (e.g., developers and managers). We identify a number of individual-level attributes that increase the firm’s success rate in adopting OSS. And more.
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