Sustained participation in open source: A psychological contract approach Cañibano, Almudena Curto-Millet, Daniel Rojahn, Lukas 2021-12-24T17:22:51Z 2021-12-24T17:22:51Z 2022-01-04
dc.description.abstract We propose the use of the psychological contract as an alternative theoretical lens to study sustained participation and engagement in open source, which is often used as an example of new forms of digitized independent work. Psychological contracts are the set of beliefs held by individuals of their personal exchange with an organization and other actors with which they work. While previous literature has tended to study inducements (e.g., intrinsic or extrinsic motivation) on its own, the psychological contract studies the relation between an individual’s expected inducements and contributions. If these expectations are unmet, a breach can take place that will affect contributor engagement. We suggest the usefulness of this theory in understanding why and how open source participants decide to stop or reduce their involvement. Participants hold multiple psychological contracts with the project, fellow developers, and users. The findings show that breach can be experienced with all of them either due to unmet contributions or inducements. We suggest further research into such breaches is required to understand their consequences on the sustainability of open source projects.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2022.093
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-5-7
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.subject Social and Psychological Perspectives in Collaboration Research
dc.subject breach
dc.subject contributions
dc.subject inducements
dc.subject open source
dc.subject psychological contract
dc.subject sustained participation
dc.title Sustained participation in open source: A psychological contract approach
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