Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings includes abstracts of all papers and symposia presented at the annual conference, plus 6-page abridged versions of the “Best Papers” accepted for inclusion in the program (approximately 10%). Papers published in the Proceedings are abridged because presenting papers at their full length could preclude subsequent journal publication. Please contact the author(s) directly for the full papers.

Organizing Firm-Community Collaboration for Growth

    This paper focuses on collaborations among firms and communities for obtaining better outcomes from open source projects. In specific, we aim to disentangle how organizational design may affect the performance of an OSS project. Project’s management model and employee involvement in the project are treated as potential mediators that may have an effect on the aforementioned relationship. The empirical analysis is undertaken on a sample of OSS projects hosted on the platform from December 2006 to December 2008. The findings of this study are three fold. First, being directly involved in a project with a specific policy on OSS has a positive effect on project’s performance. Second, coordination by firm has a negative effect on performance. Third, admin as an employee on main duty does not have a direct positive effect on performance. However, it positively moderates the aforementioned relationship. The findings contribute to the knowledge on benefits of collaborations between firms and communities.

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