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Why do episodic volunteers stay in FLOSS communities?

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dc.contributor.author Barcomb, Ann Susan
dc.contributor.author Stol, Klaas-Jan
dc.contributor.author Riehle, Dirk
dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-16T09:11:12Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-16T09:11:12Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7491
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Successful Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects incorporate both habitual and infrequent, or episodic, contributors. Using the concept of episodic volunteering (EV) from the general volunteering literature, we derive a model consisting of five key constructs that we hypothesize affect episodic volunteers’ retention in FLOSS communities. To evaluate the model we conducted a survey with over 100 FLOSS episodic volunteers. We observe that three of our model constructs (social norms, satisfaction and community commitment) are all positively associated with volunteers’ intention to remain, while the two other constructs (psychological sense of community and contributor benefit motivations) are not. Furthermore, exploratory clustering on unobserved heterogeneity suggests that there are four distinct categories of volunteers: satisfied, classic, social and obligated. Based on our findings, we offer suggestions for projects to incorporate and manage episodic volunteers, so as to better leverage this type of contributors and potentially improve projects’ sustainability. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IEEE Computer Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 41st International Conference on Software Engineering 2019;
dc.relation.uri https://2019.icse-conferences.org/home
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSE.2019.00100
dc.rights © 2019 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works. en_US
dc.subject community management en_US
dc.subject episodic volunteering en_US
dc.subject open source software en_US
dc.subject volunteer management en_US
dc.title Why do episodic volunteers stay in FLOSS communities? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1109/ICSE.2019.00100
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.relation.projectid 15/SIRG/3293 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 13/RC/2094 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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