Loosen Control Without Losing Control. Formalisation and Decentralisation within Commons-Based Peer Production

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Rozas, David and Huckle, Steven (2020) Loosen Control Without Losing Control. Formalisation and Decentralisation within Commons-Based Peer Production. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) . ISSN 2330-1643

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24393



Abstract

This study considers commons-based peer production (CBPP) by examining the organizational processes of the free/libre open-source software community, Drupal. It does so by exploring the sociotechnical systems that have emerged around both Drupal's development and its face-to-face communitarian events. There has been criticism of the simplistic nature of previous research into free software; this study addresses this by linking studies of CBPP with a qualitative study of Drupal's organizational processes. It focuses on the evolution of organizational structures, identifying the intertwined dynamics of formalization and decentralization, resulting in coexisting sociotechnical systems that vary in their degrees of organicity.


Item Type:Article
Subjects:Sciences > Computer science
ID Code:62725
Deposited On:22 Oct 2020 10:38
Last Modified:14 Jan 2022 12:25

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