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Posted 8.13.15

Kalle LyytinenKalle Lyytinen, PhD, professor of Design & Innovation, Aron Lindberg, PhD '15 and assistant professor of information systems at Stevens Institute of Technology, and Nicholas Berente, MBA '04, PhD '09 and assistant professor of management information systems at the University of Georgia, recently received the Academy of Management Organizational Communication and Information Systems (OCIS) best paper award for their paper "Towards Open Source Software Development Life-Cycle." The manuscript was selected from among 183 submitted manuscripts.

This is the second time in three years that Lyytinen has received this recognition.

The paper, based on Lindberg's PhD dissertation, presents the case for thinking of Open Source Software (OSS) development processes in terms of lifecycles, the same way software development has been known from its earliest days to follow a cyclical development pattern of inception, development and decay. "Although existing research provides insight into various processes which OSS communities follow," Lyytinen, Lindberg and Berente write, "we have little understanding of how these processes vary across the release cycle and whether they exhibit any stages."

To investigate, the authors conducted an extensive analysis of a major OSS project, Ruby on Rails. Based off of their research, the paper identifies three distinct stages between each release:

  • cleanup: exhibiting a balance between discourse-driven and direct problem solving routines
  • sedimentation: dominated by direct problem solving routines, and
  • negotiation: dominated by discourse-driven problem solving routines.

These distinct stages suggest the presence of a lifecycle within OSS release processes.

Congratulations to Lyytinen, Lindberg and Berente on this achievement!


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