Altruistic individuals, selfish firms? The structure of motivation in Open Source software

  • Andrea Bonaccorsi
  • Cristina Rossi

Abstract

Altruistic individuals, selfish firms? The structure of motivation in Open Source software by Andrea Bonaccorsi and Cristina Rossi During 2002, we conducted a survey on 146 Italian firms supplying Open Source software. This paper compares our data on firms’ motivations with data emerging from surveys made on individual programmers. We analyse the role played by different classes of motivations (social, economic and technological) in determining the involvement of different groups of agents in Open Source activities.
Published
2004-01-05
How to Cite
Bonaccorsi, A., & Rossi, C. (2004). Altruistic individuals, selfish firms? The structure of motivation in Open Source software. First Monday, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v9i1.1113