Volume 6, 2018: Issue 1

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Title:

Knowledge donation and knowledge collection patterns in a free software community

Author(s):

Andrea Raymundo Balle, PUCRS, Brazil

Carla Curado, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Mírian Oliveira, PUCRS, Brazil

Abstract:

This study aims to understand which combinations of tools and activities performed by members of a free software community lead to knowledge sharing. This paper reports a qualitative study developed using data from a worldwide Free Software Community (FSC). We’ve applied Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) technique, which offers alternatives configurations leading to both the outcomes and their absence. Results show that there is no solution leading to the absence of knowledge collection; there are several and alternative combinations leading to knowledge collection, knowledge donation, and both knowledge sharing processes. There are also some combinations leading to the absence of knowledge donation or the absence of both processes.

Keywords:

Knowledge donation, knowledge collection, free software community, fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA)

Type:

Research paper

Journal:

The Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management (OJAKM), ISSN: 2325-4688

Publisher:

International Institute for Applied Knowledge Management (IIAKM)

Accepted:

28 April 2018

Pages:

23-36