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Title:Stability and Change in Self-organizing Technology-supported Groups: Evidence from Genres of Communication in Free and Open Source Software Development
Author(s):Howison, James
Subject(s):genres of online communications
distributed teams
organizational change
Abstract:New organizations supported by information and communications technologies, such as open source software development and Wikipedia, have recently emerged with great and somewhat surprising success. These organizations are emergent, self-organizing and appear able to change and adapt as success breeds new challenges, all without undermining the creative| even emancipatory|collaborative experience. This abstract proposes a poster presentation for the iConference 2008, drawing on dis- sertation work in progress with an intended completion date of April 2008. Therefore the poster would present the conceptual framework, method and preliminary results at a time when the author can still incorporate feedback from the iSchool community. The dissertation work described in this proposal will further our understanding of the emergence, stability and change in the practices of self-organization, through a systematic historical study of two comparable Free and Open Source Software development projects. Speci cally it examines emergence, stabilization and change in the genres and genre-systems the projects use to communicate.
Issue Date:2008-02-28
Genre:Conference Poster
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-03-09

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