Jumping on the bandwagon? A longitudinal study on collaboration networks and decision to participate
Tonellato, Marco and Conaldi, Guido (2010) Jumping on the bandwagon? A longitudinal study on collaboration networks and decision to participate. In: Proceedings of SunBelt XXX, 2010. International Network for Social Network Analysis, p. 346.Full text not available from this repository.
In the context of self-managing teams, whether a member decides to voluntarily take action in a required task may depend on how many fellow members have already done so. In this kind of binary decisions with externalities bandwagon or 'herding' effects play a crucial role in individual decisions to undertake a specific course of action. Such effects have been linked to a broad set of phenomena including diffusion of innovation, segregation, and success of fads. Building on these general results, in this paper we conjecture that individual decisions to take on a task (i.e., the matching between individuals and jobs) are influenced by network relations generated by collaboration among team members. In order to explore our conjecture we collected data on a Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) project team consisting of 227 volunteer developers committed since 2002 to the development of a web browser. We reconstructed 2-mode co-collaboration networks (software developer by bug) in which a tie represents a voluntary action taken by a developer in order to solve a specific bug. Co-collaboration networks were collected for several six-month development cycles of the software. We report and discuss results of longitudinal actor-based modelling that we specify to test for the influence of local network structures on developer’s decision to take action on a specific bug. The study controls for bug-specific and developer-specific characteristics that may also affect developers’ decisions exogenously. We also control for priority and severity levels assigned by the team to bugs in an attempt to manage voluntary contribution.
|Item Type:||Conference Proceedings|
|Title of Proceedings:||Proceedings of SunBelt XXX, 2010|
|Additional Information:|| Item presented as part of the 2-Mode Networks Section of the XXX Sunbelt Social Networks Conference held in Riva del Garda, Italy from 29 June to 4 July 2010|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||network dynamics, collaboration, open source floss software, affiliation networks, teams|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races|
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Business|
School of Business > Centre for Business Network Analysis
|Last Modified:||28 Jun 2012 15:26|
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