nep-net New Economics Papers
on Network Economics
Issue of 2006‒09‒23
two papers chosen by
Yi-Nung Yang
Chung Yuan Christian University

  1. Free Software’s Market-Oriented Aspects:The Example of Free Software Service Companies in France By Marie CORIS (E3i-IFReDE-GRES)
  2. The Psychology of Online Sociability By Clemmensen, Torkil

  1. By: Marie CORIS (E3i-IFReDE-GRES)
    Abstract: Considering the french case of Free Software Service Companies (FSSCs), this paper analyses Free software’s market-oriented aspects. We try to answer a fundamental question for free software: is the software industry have room for an alternative economic model based on the communities’ ethic? Analysing FSSCs’ competition with traditionnal IT Service Companies (ITSCs) and regarding the integration of free software in the ITSCs’ product offer, we show how the software sector’s strutures could explain both FSSCs and ITSCs recent changes.
    Keywords: Free software, Organisational production, Software industry
    JEL: L23 L86 O14
    Date: 2006
  2. By: Clemmensen, Torkil (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)
    Abstract: In this chapter, I will review current approaches to online sociability and present and exemplify a psychological theory, the Social Reality theory, of online sociability. By analyzing sociability in a virtual world based university course, I will present and analyze examples on how to understand the students’ design of the conditions for sociability as communication about cultural symbols, such as avatars and virtual landscapes, and the social reality of perceived groups of people. The analysis results will be used to illustrate different kinds of online sociability: superficial, convivial, and negative sociability. The chapter suggests solutions and recommendations to designers and researchers with a focus on online communities and networked communication.
    Keywords: None
    JEL: H00
    Date: 2006–09–15

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