Coordination Across Open Source Software Communities: Findings from the Rails Ecosystem

Item Type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract While coordination of work within open source software (OSS) communities is well-researched, it is virtually unknown how work is coordinated across community boundaries. However, as OSS projects are often part of a larger digital ecosystem of interdependent artifacts and communities, cross-community coordination is a pertinent topic. We turn to the ecosystem around Ruby on Rails to empirically explore this research gap. To this end, we scrutinize 96 coordination episodes among five interrelated OSS projects and identify four cross-community coordination mechanisms: adaptation, upgrading, positioning, and departure. Each mechanism describes a distinct and stable arrangement to integrate contributions across community borders. After presenting our findings, we reason about the significance of the results on explaining generative change in digital ecosystems.
Authors Eck, Alexander
Language English
Keywords cross-community coordination, open source software, digital ecosystems, generative change, case study
Subjects information management
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Date March 2018
Publisher Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Place of Publication Lüneburg
Volume 1
Page Range 109-120
Number of Pages 12
Title of Book Tagungsband
Event Title Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI) 2018
Event Location Lueneburg
Event Dates 6.03 - 9.03.2018
ISBN 978-3-935786-72-0
Official URL
Depositing User Emanuel Stöckli
Date Deposited 28 Feb 2018 14:38
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:34


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Eck, Alexander: Coordination Across Open Source Software Communities: Findings from the Rails Ecosystem. 2018. - Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI) 2018. - Lueneburg.

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