Participant turnover in open source software development is a critical problem. Using Schneider’s (1987) Attraction Selection and Attrition Framework and the notion of Person- Organization fit, we hypothesize about the relationship between a participant's fit with an open source project and turnover. Specifically we predict that value fit, needs-supplies fit and demandsabilities fit between a participant and a particular project will have a negative association with participant turnover and that the role of the participant in the project acts a moderator. An empirical study is designed to examine the hypotheses using a combination of survey and archival data. Since for-profit companies are increasingly leveraging open source software development, implications of our findings will be useful for project managers seeking to retain talented contributors in the absence of financial compensation.
Sharma, Pratyush Nidhi; Daniel, Sherae L.; and Chung, Ting-Ting (Rachel), "The Impact of Person-Organization Fit on Turnover in Open Source Software Projects" (2010). ICIS 2010 Proceedings. Paper 13.