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DIME Working Papers series on Intellectual Property Rights 71 - 75

WP71: Intellectual Property Rights on Creativity and Heritage: the Case of the Fashion Industry

Christian Barrère, OMI, Universite de Reims

WP72: The Allocation of Collaborative Efforts in Open-Source Software

Matthijs den Besten, Oxford e-Research centre
Jean-Michel Dalle, universite pierre et Marie Curie Paris
Fabrice Galia, Burgundy School of Business and ERMES-CNRS

The article investigates the allocation of collaborative efforts among core developers (maintainers) of open source software by analyzing on-line development traces (logs) for a set of 10 large projects.

We specifically investigate whether the division of labor within open-source projects is influenced by characteristics of software code. We suggest that the collaboration between maintainers tends to be influenced by file vintage, by modularity, and by different measures of the complexity of the code. We interpret these findings as providing preliminary evidence that the organization of open-source software development would self-adapt to characteristics of the code base, in a stigmergic manner.

WP73: Which firms participate in open source software development? A study using data from Debian

Rishab Ghosh, UNU-MERIT
Kirsten Haaland, UNU-MERIT
Bronwyn H. Hall, UC Berkeley University of Maastrich NBER and IFS

WP74: Does Rule of Royalties Facilitate Dynamic Capability of Digital Distribution Management System?

Jong-Seok Kim, University of Manchester

WP75: The entrepreneur’s size limiting strategy: micro design businesses in London’s design cluster

Rachel Smart, Birkbeck College University of London

This research shows that some successful micro design entrepreneurs size limit as a strategic choice from the outset and regard this as beneficial to their firm, optimising operations for this size through the organisation of internal and external resources. The objectives are to achieve design quality and to exploit specialist skills within the work of the studio. Examination of their environment demonstrates the benefits of a clustered location, especially for start up businesses, although more established businesses are less reliant on proximity due to the strength of their professional and social networks. This paper concentrates on the formation of the entrepreneur’s design concept and business model and how this creates their strategy for their design firm, which includes size limiting as a component. Resulting typologies of micro design firms allow better understanding of the successful micro design entrepreneur in comparison to other micro design firms.

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