Boundary object as a trust buffer. The study of an open source code repository

M. (Malgorzata) Ciesielska, Gregers Petersen

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This paper discusses the impact of the Internet as communication technology and work environment on changing professional relations and work practices. In particular the paper contributes to a better understanding of collaboration processes enabled by the web and hereby draw a field for further research on trust within Open Source Software (OSS) communities. Having two contradictory interpretations of the technical structure of the project development we indicate its ambiguity to make a point about the meaning of trust and distrust in crating the space for cooperation. Neither trust is necessary nor distrust destructive thanks to the boundary object – the source code repository – that serves as a sole meeting point between OSS community and the company.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
JournalTamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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