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Management and Virtual Decentralised Networks: The Linux Project

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  • Darrin John Eden
    Decentralization everywhere. A First Monday link. -Darrin Management and Virtual Decentralised Networks: The Linux Project by George N. Dafermos
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      Decentralization everywhere. A First Monday link. -Darrin

      Management and Virtual Decentralised Networks: The Linux Project

      by George N. Dafermos

      http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue6_11/dafermos/

      Abstract

      This paper examines the latest of paradigms - the Virtual Network(ed)
      Organisation - and whether geographically dispersed knowledge workers
      can virtually collaborate for a project under no central planning.
      Co-ordination, management and the role of knowledge arise as the central
      areas of focus. The Linux Project and its development model are selected
      as a case of analysis and the critical success factors of this
      organisational design are identified. The study proceeds to the
      formulation of a framework that can be applied to all kinds of virtual
      decentralised work and concludes that value creation is maximized when
      there is intense interaction and uninhibited sharing of information
      between the organisation and the surrounding community. Therefore, the
      potential success or failure of this organisational paradigm depends on
      the degree of dedication and involvement by the surrounding community.
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