"Cool" or "monster"? Company takeovers and their effect on open source community participation

Aditya Johri, Oded Nov, Raktim Mitra

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    Abstract

    In this study, we investigate the effect of takeover announcements made by open-source software (OSS) steward firms, on participation in an OSS newcomers' online community. We examine a MySQL newcomer forum before and after two takeover announcements - the January 2008 announcement of MySQL's takeover by Sun Microsystems, and the April 2009 announcement of Sun's takeover by Oracle. We find that the impact on participation depends on how the acquiring company is perceived. The announcement of an acquisition by a company perceived as hostile had a negative effect on participation, whereas announcement of acquisition by a more friendly company was found to have no effect on participation. These changes in participation occurred without any accompanying change in the product itself, or its licensing. This work provides the evidence of the effect of external events on online participation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 iConference
    Subtitle of host publicationInspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011
    Pages327-331
    Number of pages5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2011
    Event6th Annual Conference on 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011 - Seattle, WA, United States
    Duration: Feb 8 2011Feb 11 2011

    Publication series

    NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

    Other

    Other6th Annual Conference on 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011
    CountryUnited States
    CitySeattle, WA
    Period2/8/112/11/11

    Keywords

    • External jolts
    • MySQL
    • Online communities
    • Open source software
    • Oracle
    • Sun Microsystems

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Johri, A., Nov, O., & Mitra, R. (2011). "Cool" or "monster"? Company takeovers and their effect on open source community participation. In Proceedings of the 2011 iConference: Inspiration, Integrity, and Intrepidity, iConference 2011 (pp. 327-331). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). https://doi.org/10.1145/1940761.1940806