Volunteers' involvement in online community based software development

Bo Xu, Donald R. Jones, Bingjia Shao

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We sought to gain understanding of voluntary developers' involvement in open source software (OSS) projects. Data were collected from voluntary developers working on open source projects. Our findings indicated that a voluntary developer's involvement was very important to his or her performance and that involvement was dependent on individual motivations (personal software needs, reputation and skills gaining expectation, enjoyment in open source coding) and project community factors (leadership effectiveness, interpersonal relationship, community ideology). Our work contributes theoretically and empirically to the body of OSS research and has practical implications for OSS project management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
JournalInformation and Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Involvement
  • Motivation
  • Online community
  • Open source software
  • Software development performance
  • Volunteers


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