Open source communities: an integrally informed approach

Carla C.J.M. Millar (School of Business, Public Administration and Technology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands)
Chong Ju Choi (National Graduate School of Management, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
Edward T. Russell (National Graduate School of Management, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
Jai‐Boem Kim (School of Business, SungKyunKwan University, Seoul, South Korea)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Publication date: 1 June 2005



To reframe analysis of the open source software (OSS) phenomenon from an AQAL perspective


The approach is a review of current research thinking and application of the AQAL framework to suggest resolution of polarizations.


The authors find that AQAL is valuable as an integrating framework allowing a more holistic understanding of the complex economic, social and cultural characteristics of open source communities.


The original value of this paper is to link, within the AQAL framework, current parallel streams of OSS research, the traditional economic and the social and anthropological, by introducing considerations of psychological contract and intrinsic motivation.



Millar, C.C.J.M., Ju Choi, C., Russell, E.T. and Kim, J. (2005), "Open source communities: an integrally informed approach", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 18 No. 3, pp. 259-268.

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