Reusing or reinventing the wheel: The search-transfer issue in open source communities

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Abstract

Despite the raising awareness about the importance of open innovation communities in knowledge economies, empirical evidence about the structural determinants of knowledge reuse in these communities is lacking. In order to address this gap, the current study sets out to investigate the network-level determinants of knowledge reuse in open source projects. I suggest tracking code reuse across open source projects as a feasible and accessible proxy measure for knowledge reuse. I argue that in spite of favorable conditions, search and processing costs associated with knowledge reuse remain high enough to localize reuse behavior of open source developers. I hypothesize that network-level proximity of projects within the social network of open source community is a significant determinant of code reuse. A report on the progress of the empirical section of the research project along with some confirmatory preliminary results has been included.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICIS 2013 Proceedings
Place of PublicationMilan, Italy
Pages3365-3377
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2013 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 15 Dec 201318 Dec 2013

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2013
CountryItaly
CityMilan
Period15/12/1318/12/13

Keywords

  • Code cloning
  • Code reuse
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Knowledge-based view
  • Open source software
  • OSS/FLOSS
  • Social networks

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    Zargar, M. S. (2013). Reusing or reinventing the wheel: The search-transfer issue in open source communities. In ICIS 2013 Proceedings (Vol. 4, pp. 3365-3377). Milan, Italy.