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InfoWorld: Open Source Success: A Matter of 'Trust'

May 31, 2006, 02:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"In a former life, I did a Masters degree in International Conflict Analysis (a fancy way to say 'International Relations'). As part of my thesis ('The End of American Empire,' a discussion of the source of the United States' ideological hegemony and reasons for its imminent collapse), I read Francis Fukuyama's Trust. Basically, Fukuyama argues that high-trust societies (Germany, Japan, United States) tend to be more productive and economically prosperous than low-trust societies (Italy, France, Korea). Trust matters, and translates into cash.

"Whether Fukuyama's theory matches up with the real-world economies or not, I do think it applies well to software..."

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