Open Source Software User Communities: A Study of Participation in Linux User Groups

  • Bagozzi R
  • Dholakia U
  • Bagozzi P
  • 1

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

conceptualize participation in Linux user groups (LUGs) in terms of group-referent intentional actions and investigate cognitive (attitudes, perceived behavioral control, identification with the open source move ment), affective (positive and negative anticipated emotions), and social (social identity) determinants of par ticipation and its consequences on Linux-related behaviors of users. This survey-based study, conducted with 402 active LUG members representing 191 different LUGs from 23 countries and employing structural equation modeling methodology, supports the proposed model. Furthermore, we find that the Linux user's experience level moderates the extent of the LUG's social influence and its impact on the user's participation. We conclude with a consideration of the managerial and research implications of the study's findings.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Linux
  • novice versus experienced users
  • open source software
  • virtual communities

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

There are no full text links

Authors

  • Richard P Bagozzi

  • Utpal M Dholakia

  • P Bagozzi

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free