Why do episodic volunteers stay in FLOSS communities?

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dc.contributor.author Barcomb, Ann
dc.contributor.author Stol, Klaas-Jan
dc.contributor.author Riehle, Dirk
dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-20T12:02:45Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-20T12:02:45Z
dc.date.issued 2019-05
dc.identifier.citation Barcomb, A., Stol, K-J., Riehle, D., and Fitzgerald, B. (2019) 'Why Do Episodic Volunteers Stay in FLOSS Communities?', 41st International Conference on Software Engineering, Montreal, Canada, 25-31 May. Forthcoming. en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 12 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7248
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 and received responses from over 100 FLOSS episodic volunteers. We observe that three of the constructs (social norms, satisfaction and community commitment) are all positively associated with volunteers’ in- tention 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
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dc.relation.ispartof 41st International Conference on Software Engineering
dc.relation.uri https://2019.icse-conferences.org/home
dc.rights © 2018 the authors en
dc.subject Community management en
dc.subject Episodic volunteering en
dc.subject Open source software en
dc.subject Volunteer management en
dc.title Why do episodic volunteers stay in FLOSS communities? en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Klaas-Jan Stol, Computer Science, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: k.stol@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2018-12-20T11:55:59Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.contributor.funder Science Foundation Ireland en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
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dc.internal.conferencelocation Montreal, Canada en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress k.stol@ucc.ie en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SFI/SFI Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG)/15/SIRG/3293/IE/Software Development with Alternative Workforces/ en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/SFI/SFI Research Centres/13/RC/2094/IE/Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre/ en

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