Open Source Software Projects : A Balance Of Trust And Control

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Open Source Software Projects: A Balance of Trust and Control According to Jones et al. (2005), trust is the single most important driver for the success of virtual teams. However, as a result of Michael Gallivan’s (2001) case study on open source software projects, he now believes that there is another variable to this movement that can be found in control. He presents the McDonaldization theory by identifying four aspects of modern organizations: efficiency, calculability, predictability and control to show that trust may not be the only factor in a successful OSS project.
Trust Defined Gallivan explains that the concept of trust is widespread in the social sciences and has been examined in the literature of many disciplines. With that being said, he goes further to clarify that nearly all definitions of trust share that one party (the truster) must willingly place themselves in a position of vulnerability to or risk from another party (the trustee). He offers five different examples of trust: knowledge-based trust, characteristic-based trust, institutional-based trust, justice-based trust, and swift trust. These five examples have been referred to in literature for years, except the last one which recently transpired to describe the unique form of trust that develops quickly among members of a virtual organization or team. These models establish that there must be some form of trust recognized between members of a virtual organization or team (2001, pp. 279-280).…

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