Location, Location, Location: How Network Embeddedness Affects Project Success in Open Source Systems

Grewal, Rajdeep, Gary Lilien and Girish Mallapragada, 2006, “Location, Location, Location: How Network Embeddedness Affects Project Success in Open Source Systems, Management Science, 52, 7, 1043-1056

Posted: 25 Oct 2012  

Rajdeep Grewal

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School

Gary L. Lilien

Pennsylvania State University - Institute for the Study of Business Markets

Girish Mallapragada

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Marketing

Date Written: May 24, 2006

Abstract

The community-based model for software development in open source environments is becoming a viable alternative to traditional firm-based models. To better understand the workings of open source environments, we examine the effects of network embeddedness — or the nature of the relationship among projects and developers — on the success of open source projects. We find that considerable heterogeneity exists in the network embeddedness of open source projects and project managers. We use a visual representation of the affiliation network of projects and developers as well as a formal statistical analysis to demonstrate this heterogeneity and to investigate how these structures differ across projects and project managers. Our main results surround the effect of this differential network embeddedness on project success. We find that network embeddedness has strong and significant effects on both technical and commercial success, but that those effects are quite complex. We use latent class regression analysis to show that multiple regimes exist and that some of the effects of network embeddedness are positive under some regimes and negative under others. We use project age and number of page views to provide insights into the direction of the effect of network embeddedness on project success. Our findings show that different aspects of network embeddedness have powerful but subtle effects on project success and suggest that this is a rich environment for further study.

Keywords: Open Source, social networks, embeddedness, innovation

Suggested Citation

Grewal, Rajdeep and Lilien, Gary L. and Mallapragada, Girish, Location, Location, Location: How Network Embeddedness Affects Project Success in Open Source Systems (May 24, 2006). Grewal, Rajdeep, Gary Lilien and Girish Mallapragada, 2006, “Location, Location, Location: How Network Embeddedness Affects Project Success in Open Source Systems, Management Science, 52, 7, 1043-1056. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2166621

Rajdeep Grewal

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

McColl Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

Gary L. Lilien

Pennsylvania State University - Institute for the Study of Business Markets ( email )

University Park, PA 16802-3306
United States
814-863-2782 (Phone)
814-863-0413 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.smeal.psu.edu/isbm/about/people/LILIEN.

Girish Mallapragada (Contact Author)

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Marketing ( email )

Kelley School of Business
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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