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Imact of network capital on software design discussion in open source communities: network level

Nov 22, 2012, 11:30am-1pm

Drawing upon a perspective of social capital, we investigate, at the network level, the extent to which several key dimensions of network capital accumulated during the growing stage of communication thread evolution influence both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of software design discussion in open source software development communities.

To validate the hypotheses, data was collected from 223 Linux kernel development discussion threads, in which intensive intellectual and social interactions occur among participants. The results suggest that the structural dimension of network capital (network centralization) is significantly associated with contribution quality, but not with contribution quantity. In contrast, the relational (network strength) and the dynamic (network growing speed) dimensions of network capital are significantly associated with contribution quantity, but not with contribution quality. The governance dimension (administrator participation) of network capital was found to be negatively significant on both the quality and quantity of contribution. Finally, no significant relationship was found between contribution quantity and contribution quality.


Location:W132 Seymour Schulich Building
Sponsor:Operations Management and Information Systems, Schulich
Posted by:Paula Gowdie Rose
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