Collaboration, peer review and open source software Johnson, Justin P

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Johnson, Justin P
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Open source software; Computers and office automation industries; Library and information science
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To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: Byline: Justin P. Johnson Keywords: Open source software; Transactions costs; Authority; Peer review; Career concerns Abstract: Open source software development may be superior to proprietary development because the open source organizational form naturally minimizes transactions costs associated with privately distributed information. This manifests itself in the ability of open source communities to encourage critical peer review and the sharing of ideas. When these activities are important, the open source organizational form may do better than a proprietary organizational form. My results suggest why open source is particularly powerful when maintainability of software is critical, and also suggest that the founder of a software project may be more likely to choose open source if there is an existing dominant proprietary software project. Author Affiliation: 379 Sage Hall, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, United States Article History: Received 8 February 2005; Revised 11 July 2006; Accepted 14 July 2006
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