Round Table: Interactive Effects of Reach and Receptivity in the Open Collaboration Context: A Model Predicting Open Source Software Project Success
The College of IS&T Round Table presents:
Sherae Daniel, Ph.D.
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business
University of Pittsburgh
Interactive Effects of Reach and Receptivity in the Open Collaboration Context: A Model Predicting Open Source Software Project Success
Friday, March 20th, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (talk starts at noon)
Subs and sodas provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sherae Daniel is an Assistant Professor at the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She has worked at AT&T Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory and the U.S. Census Bureau. Her research leverages large archival data sets to better understand the dynamic collaboration patterns of open product development communities and has been published in premier journals including Information Systems Research and the Journal of the Association of Information Systems.
Projects vary in their ability to access and leverage the knowledge available across their networks. This paper develops and tests seven hypotheses related to the impact of network reach (distance and diversity of a project’s network alters) and receptivity (ability of the project to leverage network resources) on the success of open source software projects. Results from a study of 170 open source projects support the hypothesis that increases in reach imply increases in access to knowledge and thus have a direct positive effect on technical success. We explore three factors that represent a project’s receptivity to knowledge integration, which represents a critical means of leveraging network resources. These are implementation complexity, discussion interactivity and documentation comprehensiveness. Analysis reveals direct positive effects of discussion interactivity and documentation comprehensiveness on technical success. There are also interactions between reach and implementation complexity and between reach and documentation comprehensiveness. Findings extend the literature on open source software success and have implications for the wider literature on open collaborations. Implementation complexity, discussion interactivity, and documentation comprehensiveness are within the control of project participants, yielding practical implications.