Completed Research Paper
Irrespective of increased implementation of OSS in organizations, its impact on productivity remains a strategic challenge. Influenced by the “creative elements” of OSS, individuals in organizations often forget that the end result of software implementation is to improve productivity, thereby creating a negative impression on OSS implementation strategy as a whole. In this study, we argue that fit between the individual’s task, values and work demands can influence or hinder the sustained use of OSS. We explore how task-technology fit and two dimensions of person-organization fit (value-based fit and demand-ability fit) interact with each other to influence productivity performance. Using survey data, we find that congruence between the organization’s OSS values and the individual user’s OSS values (value-based fit), decreases productivity performance, whereas, fit between an individual’s OSS skills and the organizational task demands (demand-ability fit), increases productivity performance. We discuss managerial implications and contributions of the findings.
Open Source Software (OSS) Implementation Strategy from a Fit Perspective: Empirical Evidence of Influence on Productivity