Open Source Software - Governance

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Overview page on the Peer Governance of Open Source Software projects:

  1. Generalities: Peer Governance; FLOSS - Governance


  1. Peer Governance - Semi-protection
  2. Peer Governance - Benevolent Dictatorships
  3. Role of Nonprofit Foundations in Open Source Governance

Related Topics:

  1. Internet Governance
  2. Multistakeholder Governance
  3. Open Source Governance: use in other sectors that are inspired by the OSS model



  1. Apache - Governance
  2. Debian - Governance ; Study on Debian Governance and Social Organization
  3. GNU Compiler Collection - Governance
  4. Linux - Governance
  5. Fetchmail - Governance

Non- Open Source cases

  1. Burning Man - Governance
  2. ThinkCycle - Governance
  3. Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia's Governance

More Information


  1. Introduction To Open Source Software Development


Markus, M. Lynne, 2007. “The Governance of Free/Open Source Software Projects: Monolithic, Multidimensional, or Configurational?” Journal of Management and Governance, Journal of Management and Governance, 11 (2), 151-163.

O’Mahony, Siobhán, 2007. “The governance of open source initiatives: What does it mean to be community managed?” Journal of Management and Governance, 11 (2), 139- 150.

O’Mahony, Siobhán and Ferraro, Fabrizio. 2007. “The emergence of governance in an open source community”, Academy of Management Journal 50 (5), 1079-1106.

Shah, Sonali, 2006. “Motivation, Governance, and the Viability of Hybrid Forms in Open Source Software Development,” Management Science, 52 (7), 1000-1014.