Citation Dedeurwaerdere T, Melindi-Ghidi P & Sas W (2017) Networked innovation and coalition formation: the effect of group-based social preferences (Forthcoming/Available Online), Economics of Innovation and New Technology.
Abstract In this paper, we study the production and dissemination of public knowledge goods, such as technological knowledge, generated by a network of voluntarily cooperating innovators. We develop a private-collective model of public knowledge production in networked innovation systems, where group-based social preferences have an impact on the coalition formation of developers. Our model builds on the large empirical literature on voluntary production of pooled public knowledge goods, including source code in communities of software developers or data provided to open access data repositories. Our analysis shows under which conditions social preferences, such as ‘group belonging’ or ‘peer approval’, influence the stable coalition size, as such rationalising several stylized facts emerging from large-scale surveys of open-source software developers, previously unaccounted for. Furthermore, heterogeneity of social preferences is added to the model to study the formation of stable but mixed coalitions.
Keywords Coalition formation; networked innovation; open-source software (OSS); public knowledge goods; private-collective model; social preferences
Dedeurwaerdere Tom, Melindi-Ghidi Paolo, Sas Willem
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Taylor and Francis
Journal Economics of Innovation and new Technology (2017)