An enduring issue that intrigues researchers and practitioners in open-source software (OSS) development is what motivates individuals to participate and make contributions, given the lack of numerating mechanisms. Amidst several end-state-focused motives advocated by prior studies (such as improved programming skills and future career growth), we add that an important contributing factor is empowerment , the positive feelings derived from task assessments in OSS projects. Through survey data collected from 233 OSS participants, we assess how components of psychological empowerment (i.e., autonomy, competence, meaningfulness, and impact) derived from OSS tasks may affect the work output of participants. In particular, we demonstrate that competence and impact have a positive influence on OSS participants performance, while autonomy and meaningfulness have a slightly negative influence on performance. In addition, empowerments effects on performance can be mediated by effort expended. Theoretical contributions and managerial implications of this study are discussed.
- open-source software (OSS)
- software-development participation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering