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Monday, October 15, 2012

Profit seeking identity and productivity in open source communities

The issue of profit seeking—an identification as someone who seeks financial compensation directly or indirectly for work efforts—has been a longstanding point of contention in open source communities.  Profit seeking has taken on prototypical form such that it has become a distinct group that individual participants in open source communities use for identity self-categorization.  Open source communities differentiate themselves in part by their profit seeking identity, represented by the perceptions of organization members of the degree to which the community allows, encourages, and supports individual profit seekers.  The present research investigates the impact of both individual- and organizational-level profit seeking identity on the productivity of open source communities.  Hypotheses are formulated that suggest that profit seeking identities at both the individual and organizational level are positively correlated with individual and organizational productivity respectively.  Further, it is hypothesized that organizational profit seeking identity has a cross-level positive effect on individual productivity, controlling for the individual profit seeking identity.  Finally, it is hypothesized that organizational profit seeking identity moderates the effect of individual profit seeking identity on individual productivity and that this moderation is moderated by the level of agreement about an organization’s profit seeking identity.  A research design is proposed to test these hypotheses using survey and archival data to be collected from active open source communities.  The potential implications for research and practice are discussed.

You can download the full research proposal here if interested: Profit seeking identity and productivity in open source communities

posted by Mekki at 9:29 pm  

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