Revista de Administração de Empresas
On-line version ISSN 2178-938X
SANTOS JR, Carlos Denner dos. Attractiveness of free and open source software projects: theoretical importance and strategies for management. Rev. adm. empres. [online]. 2010, vol.50, n.4, pp. 424-438. ISSN 2178-938X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-75902010000400007.
Thousands of Free and Open Source Software Projects (FSP) were, and continually are, created on the Internet. This scenario increases the number of opportunities to collaborate to the same extent that it promotes competition for users and contributors, who can guide projects to superior levels, unachievable by founders alone. Thus, given that the main goal of FSP founders is to improve their projects by means of collaboration, the importance to understand and manage the capacity of attracting users and contributors to the project is established. To support researchers and founders in this challenge, the concept of attractiveness is introduced in this paper, which develops a theoretical-managerial toolkit about the causes, indicators and consequences of attractiveness, enabling its strategic management.
Keywords : Free software; project management; open source; attractiveness; virtual communities.