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Bridging the gap between companies and communities for OSS

Feb 27, 2009, 15:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Why don't companies get it?

"Peters contends that companies are less trusting of employees because employees are more likely to be motivated by the desire for monetary compensation rather than personal commitment to the company's projects. This creates a less team-oriented atmosphere. She says that companies are also hesitant to adopt meritocracy--which is one of the core values of community-driven development--because they are afraid of the changes that it will bring to management structure. This could potentially be mitigated, she suggests, by peer-based systems in which groups organically choose their own leaders.

"Transparency is also difficult in a corporate environment, Peters says, partly because so many companies are afraid that transparency heightens the risk of disclosing trade secrets. She believes that these fears are largely unwarranted and that trade secrets, as a result of the fast pace at which industry evolves, don't provide as compelling an advantage as they once did."

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