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Title Implicit theories of "good leadership" in the open-source community
Author Bosco, Gianluca
Institution Technical University of Denmark, DTU, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Thesis level Master's thesis
Year 2004
Abstract This thesis investigates the topic of leadership in the online communties of unpaid contributors who develop “open-source” software like the Linux kernel and the Apache web server. Such communities have lately been the focus of different studies. However, little research has been conducted on leadership in such environment. This thesis provides a contribution to this topic, focusing on the expectations contributors hold towards an open-source project leader. Specifically, the aim of this work is to identify the main factors describing the open-source contributors’ personal believes concerning the characteristics of a “good project leader”. The paper is divided into two parts: 1) Existing knowledge, 2) Research objective and analysis. Part 1 presents only existing knowledge. The first chapter contains background information on open-source software and the social-technical phenomenon behind its development. Understanding what open-source software is, why it is produced, and the customs of the community behind its development, is important to frame the discussion on leadership. Chapter 2 introduces the approach used to investigate the topic of “good leadership” in the open-source environment, and states why it is worth being studied. Chapter 3 reports an in depth description of the theoretical model chosen for this paper. Part 2 contains all that is new, and is the result of the collection of empirical data and application of statistical analysis. Chapter 4 reports the early observations that inspired the aim of this thesis, the research objective and the steps undertaken to achieve it. Chapter 5 and 6 present both different stages of data collection and analysis. Chapter 7 and 8 present respectively a discussion of the analysis and conclusions.
Pages 93
Keywords Open source software, implicit theories of leadership
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