Research Model and Hypotheses
Attracting volunteers is a key strategic challenge within open initiatives (Healy and Schussman 2003). Open initiatives face the challenge of “how to attract the participation of a broad community of contributors” (Chesbrough and Appleyard 2007, p. 68). In order to answer this question I have developed a research framework. The framework builds on the discussion of open source innovation, as well as private-collective innovation and social exchange theory. It describes the research rationales and provides the research questions. I highlight the firm and its tension in the realm of openness, develop clear research hypotheses, and introduce the research model.
KeywordsOpen Source Research Model Open Source Project Usage Regulation Preference Heterogeneity
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