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Abstract

Geert Hofstede presented statistical evidence purporting to identify intercultural co-operation and its importance for survival in his scholarship work -cultures and organizations-. This article presents a study, which describes how differences in national culture can affect or influence the participation of programmers who produce open source software OSS. The four important dimensions of national cultures considered by Hofstede model namely Power Distance Index PDI, Individualism Index IAV, Masculinity-Feminity Index MAS and Uncertainty Avoidance Index UAI are selected and correlated with the Geographical Distribution of Developers Index GDD for testing the above hypothesis. It is suggested that there exists some correlation between the cultural factors and the demographics of programmers who participate in the open source movement. Finally, the manner in which these cultural factors impinge on the incentives of the programmers who are engaged in open source movement by writing codes for free are also discussed.



Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Institution: Institute of Law and Economics and NLSIU-

Original Title: Floss Free-Libre Open Source Software: A Theme For Cultural Differences Study-

Language: English-

Keywords: Open Source Movement; FLOSS; Culture Difference and Hofstede Model-

Subjects: K - Law and Economics > K1 - Basic Areas of Law > K10 - GeneralL - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L19 - OtherL - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L17 - Open Source Products and MarketsL - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L10 - GeneralK - Law and Economics > K1 - Basic Areas of Law > K19 - Other-





Autor: Ramanujam, Padmanabha

Fuente: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/4182/







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