Roles and politeness behavior in community-based free/libre open source software development

Kangning Wei, Kevin G Crowston, U. Yeliz Eseryel, Robert Heckman

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Abstract

Community-based Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) development relies on contributions from both core and peripheral members. Prior research on core-periphery has focused on software coding-related behaviors. We study how core-periphery roles are related to social-relational behavior in terms of politeness behavior. Data from two FLOSS projects suggest that both core and peripheral members use more positive politeness strategies than negative strategies. Further, core and peripheral members use different strategies to protect positive face in positive politeness, which we term respect and intimacy, respectively. Our results contribute to FLOSS research and politeness theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInformation and Management
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StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

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Software engineering
Computer peripheral equipment
Open source software
Community-based
Open source software development
Core-periphery
Software
Intimacy
Relational behaviors

Keywords

  • Core-periphery structure
  • Open source software development
  • Politeness behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management

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Roles and politeness behavior in community-based free/libre open source software development. / Wei, Kangning; Crowston, Kevin G; Eseryel, U. Yeliz; Heckman, Robert.

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