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posted by Mekki at 10:38 am  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Looking for Dataset on Corporate Contributions to FLOS

Hello friends,

As many of you know, I’m currently working on my PhD in Strategy at the Schulich School of Business, York University. The focus of my research is Free/Libre/Open Source strategy (peer production strategy, if you’re familiar with Benkler’s work). I am now done my course work and am in the process of planning the specifics of my dissertation work that will be completed over the next year and a half.

I’m looking for a data set to analyze for my research. The specifics of what I am looking for are broadly defined because I will take whatever I can get or is available and find a way to make it useful. Broadly speaking, I’m looking for a data set containing one or more (or any combination of) the following things (need not be restricted to software):

– Year by year (or quarterly/monthly) financial contributions made by one or more companies to FLOS (broadly defined)
– Year by year (or quarterly/monthly) non-financial contributions (broadly defined, including things such as paid employee time to work on projects) by one or more companies to FLOS (broadly defined)
– Any other company-specific or FLOS project/community-specific (would also consider higher level of analysis) data measured over time on activities/contributions of companies or other definable groups (number of lines of code contributed, number of bug fixes, features added, other things, broadly defined)
– Any other data set that relates to FLOS in some way that you think I should consider analyzing (reasoning and suggestions would be most welcome)

The purpose I have in mind is to attempt to empirically address the question “what do companies get out of participating in FLOS” by pairing this data set with other data sets that I have access to and performing the appropriate statistical analysis. There are obviously huge limitations to this approach, but bear in mind that it is one of many different triangulation methods I am using to research the topic of FLOS strategy, including a suitable mix of both quantitative and qualitative methods at levels of analyses from the individual right up to institutional factors.

If anyone is familiar with sources for such data sets, your help would be greatly appreciated! Please feel free to forward my message to anyone who you think might be able to help (anyone have contacts inside companies? I could anonymize anything that were published to protect any required confidentiality…)

Feel free to contact me offline via one of my many different online presences (see below) if you would like to discuss. Your input to my research and suggestions are most welcome!



Mekki MacAulay Abdelwahab
B.Eng., B.A., M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

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posted by Mekki at 9:17 pm  

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

About the Open Source Strategy Research Blog

The purpose of  this blog is to collect current thoughts on research directions in the area of open source strategy.

Specifically, it is meant to generate and discuss ideas on research topics that would be suitable for investigation at the Master’s or PhD level.

I invite contributions by people interested in the field of open source strategy and welcome feedback on the blog and its content.

posted by Mekki at 3:30 pm  

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