Volume 5, Number 38
December 13, 2007
Michael P. Conlon
Abstract: While there have been many studies of software development projects, the fact that most open-source software development projects are managed in a very different way from proprietary projects may make the lessons from such studies inapplicable to open-source development. This paper examines several successful open-source software projects, in an attempt to elucidate how successful open-source projects are managed, and what facets of their initiation, leadership, organization, and control have contributed to their success.
Keywords: systems analysis, open source software, free software, software development, software engineering
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Recommended Citation: Conlon (2007). An Examination of Initiation, Organization, Participation, Leadership, and Control of Successful Open Source Software Development Projects. Information Systems Education Journal, 5 (38). http://isedj.org/5/38/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2007: §2554. ISSN: 1542-7382.)