Skills, Division of Labor and Performance in Collective Inventions. Evidence from the Open Source Software

Giuri, Paola and Ploner, Matteo and Rullani, Francesco and Torrisi, Salvatore (2006) Skills, Division of Labor and Performance in Collective Inventions. Evidence from the Open Source Software. [Working Paper]. p. 42. LEM Working Paper Series (No. 2004/19).

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This paper investigates the role of skills and the division of labor among participants in collective inventions. Our analysis draws on a large sample of projects registered at, the world’s largest incubator of open source software activity. We explore the hypothesis that the level of skills of participants and their skill variety are important for project performance. Skill heterogeneity across participants is in line with two fundamental organizational features of the open source development model: team work and modular design. We also test the hypothesis whether the level of modularization of project activities is an important predictor of performance. The results provide support to the hypothesis that the skill level is important for the survival of open source projects. Moreover, we found that skill heterogeneity is positive for innovation. Finally, design modularity is positively associated with the performance of the project.

Item Type: Report / Paper (Working Paper)
Research documents and activity classification: Working Papers > Refereed Working Papers / of international relevance
Divisions: Department of Business and Management
Additional Information: The definitive version of the paper has been published in "International Journal of Industrial Organization", Vol. 28(1), Pages 54-68, January 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Software; Technological innovation; Human capital; Modularity.
MIUR Scientific Area: Area 13 - Economics and Statistics > SECS-P/08 Corporate Finance
Deposited by: Maria Teresa Nisticò
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2010 16:02
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2015 00:13


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