Generative diffusion of innovations and knowledge networks in open source projects

Zhewei Zhang, Youngjin Yoo, Sunil Wattal, Bin Zhang, Rob Kulathinal

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Abstract

In this study, we conceptualize an open source community as a constellation of dynamic, multiple and heterogeneous informal knowledge networks. Generative artifact, open source software in our context, is embedded in multiple knowledge networks. Therefore, generative diffusion of innovation will be affected by these networks. We identify two types of knowledge networks, developer-project network and developer-developer network, which a developer can simultaneously belongs to. We argue that the two networks emphasized on different types of knowledge transfer, and have different effects on the generative diffusion of innovation. We propose our hypotheses and methodology to test our hypotheses. We also discuss future plan and expected contributions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication35th International Conference on Information Systems "Building a Better World Through Information Systems", ICIS 2014
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event35th International Conference on Information Systems: Building a Better World Through Information Systems, ICIS 2014 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Dec 14 2014Dec 17 2014

Other

Other35th International Conference on Information Systems: Building a Better World Through Information Systems, ICIS 2014
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period12/14/1412/17/14

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Keywords

  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Knowledge network
  • Open source software
  • Perspective making
  • Perspective taking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications

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Zhang, Z., Yoo, Y., Wattal, S., Zhang, B., & Kulathinal, R. (2014). Generative diffusion of innovations and knowledge networks in open source projects. In 35th International Conference on Information Systems "Building a Better World Through Information Systems", ICIS 2014 Association for Information Systems.