Open Source Organizational Culture

Storm-Olsen, Marius Marius.Storm-Olsen at
Tue Apr 29 15:18:32 CEST 2014


I would like to request your participation in a survey on
     Open Source Organizational Culture,
which will provide valuable insight into how Open Source projects are 
run, how their participants act, how they might change going forward, 
and how particular Open Source projects compare with one another and 
with traditional business cultures. The survey shouldn't take more than 
10-15 minutes to complete.

Some of the projects already participating in the survey include
     Qt, KDE, Chromium, OpenStack, OpenDaylight, FFmpeg, Go,
     Git, Subversion, Bazaar, LibreOffice, Perl, Python,
     Ruby on Rails, U-Boot and Zanata

My name is Marius Storm-Olsen, and I am currently working on a thesis on 
Open Source Organizational Culture. I've been an active part of Open 
Source for years, most notably on the Qt and Git/MsysGit projects. 
Although I have my own experiences to draw on, they do not qualify for 
the Open Source community at large.

The survey will be used as part of my thesis on Open Source 
Organizational Culture at BI Norwegian Business School (, or, but in true Open Source spirit the raw - but anonymized - 
results will be open for all. So, your Open Source project will be able 
to massage and dissect the results any way you wish, and see how you 
compare with other projects out there.

Up until now, most research in Open Source culture has been based on 
mining mailing lists to find out how people act, who they interact with, 
and how projects organize themselves.

In this research we would rather ask the participants directly about how 
a project is managed and what should change for the project to be 
spectacularly successful.

The survey is open now through May 5th.

The address above brings you to the following page

You can save your progress at any time and come back to the survey at a 
later point when you have time to finish it.

How to help?
If you want to help, feel free to send me an email with the name and 
website of the project, and I will go through the appropriate channels 
to request permission to send the survey out on their mailing list(s). 
If you are a prominent member of said project, feel free to forward the 
survey invitation directly, but please let me know so I can update that 
survey request overview below.

You'll find a wiki containing the current survey request status here:

I do hope you can participate, and thank you for your consideration!

Best regards,
Marius Storm-Olsen

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