Examining Turnover in Open Source Software Projects Using Logistic Hierarchical Linear Modeling Approach

  • Pratyush N Sharma
  • John Hulland
  • Sherae Daniel
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33442-9_30

Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 378)
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Sharma P.N., Hulland J., Daniel S. (2012) Examining Turnover in Open Source Software Projects Using Logistic Hierarchical Linear Modeling Approach. In: Hammouda I., Lundell B., Mikkonen T., Scacchi W. (eds) Open Source Systems: Long-Term Sustainability. OSS 2012. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 378. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Developer turnover in open source software projects is a critical and insufficiently researched problem. Previous research has focused on understanding the developer motivations to contribute using either the individual developer perspective or the project perspective. In this exploratory study we argue that because the developers are embedded in projects it is imperative to include both perspectives. We analyze turnover in open source software projects by including both individual developer level factors, as well as project specific factors. Using the Logistic Hierarchical Linear Modeling approach allows us to empirically examine the factors influencing developer turnover and also how these factors differ among developers and projects.

Keywords

Open Source Software Turnover Logistic Hierarchical Linear Modeling 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pratyush N Sharma
    • 1
  • John Hulland
    • 2
  • Sherae Daniel
    • 1
  1. 1.Joseph M Katz Graduate School of BusinessUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Terry College of BusinessUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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