This paper presents a research agenda for studying information systems using open source software A multi-level research model is developed at five discrete levels of analysis: (1) the artifact; (2) the individual; (3) the team, project, and community; (4) the organization; and (5) society. Each level is discussed in terms of key issues within the level. Examples are based on prior research. In a companion paper, [Niederman, et al 2006], we view the agenda through the lens of referent discipline theories.
Niederman, Fred; Davis, Ashley; Greiner, Martina E.; Wynn, Donald; and York, Paul T.
"A Research Agenda for Studying Open Source I: A Multi-Level Framework,"
Communications of the Association for Information Systems: Vol. 18
, Article 7.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol18/iss1/7