Research Study: Open Source Developers on the fence between company and community

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Fri Mar 29 14:31:18 GMT 2013

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 5:53 PM, Thomas Zerbach <tzerbach at>wrote:

>  Dear ladies and gentlemen,
> my name is Thomas Zerbach, I'm a research assistant at the University of
> Koblenz-Landau (Germany) currently working on an empirical research study
> which revolves around the job situation of (professional) open source
> developers. The goal of the study is to gain insights on the effect of
> developers' double commitment to the open source community and the
> organization.
> The study already received support by several organizations including the
> Open Source Business Foundation (OSBF), the European Commission's Joinup
> project and various open source projects (e.g. Eclipse) and experts (e.g.
> former Open Source Director at Oracle Gilles Gravier)!
> I am contacting you with the hope of getting any kind of support in order
> to reach a bigger target audience that could contribute to the research.
> Here are some main facts about the study:
> *Who is the target group?*
> The study is aimed at employed software developers who also work with open
> source code and therefore are to some extent dependant on the open source
> community.
> *Why should developers participate?*
> 1. They can support social projects and a startup company at the same
> time!
> As an incentive, the University of Koblenz-Landau offers participants the
> opportunity to donate real money invested by the University to social
> projects after completing the survey. This offer is part of a collaboration
> with the startup company socialfunders, which specializes on corporate
> giving processes. More information on the socialfunders can be found here:
> 2. They can make their voice heard!
> The research study aims at deriving managerial implications for
> organizations to improve their employees' job situation. Participants can
> also gain insights in the situation of fellow open source developers if
> they want to receive a rehashed version of the research results after the
> completion of the study.
> *How much effort is required?*
> Only about 10 minutes of their time. All information will of course be
> treated anonymously and solely be used for scientific purposes.
> *Link to the research study:*
> I hope I was able to catch your interest. If you can think of a way how to
> support me with my research (e.g. by forwarding this message or
> incorporating this information in a newsletter/ internal forum) or if you
> have any questions regarding the research study feel free to contact me.
> I am looking forward to hearing from you!
> Best Regards,
> Thomas Zerbach
> --
> E-Mail: tzerbach at
> Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
> Universität Koblenz-Landau
> Lehrstuhl für Informationsmanagement und Organisation
> Universitätsstr. 1
> 56070 Koblenz
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