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A threat-rigidity analysis of the Apache Software Foundation's response to reported server security issues

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dc.contributor.advisor Eric A. von Hippel. en_US Shapira, Yoav en_US
dc.contributor.other System Design and Management Program. en_US 2006-12-18T20:39:47Z 2006-12-18T20:39:47Z 2006 en_US 2006 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design and Management Program, 2006. en_US
dc.description Page 141 blank. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 84-87). en_US
dc.description.abstract There exists a broad body of literature documenting organizational responses to competitive threats, including those responses which fit into the threat-rigidity hypothesis. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate how a novel organizational form, the open-source software development community known as the Apache Software Foundation, responds to a specific type of threat: security issues reported to exist in its software products. An analysis of publicly available data from the Apache Software Foundation is conducted, the security issue handling process is described in detail, and an analysis on security issue origin, severity, and resolution is provided. Special attention is given to communication along the issue resolution process, as the threat-rigidity hypothesis predicts a reduction in the flow of information across the organization. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) The results show that this organization defies some central predictions of the hypothesis: there is little reduction in information flow, little or no centralization in decision-making, and no loss of group-level focus. The research results are framed within the literature of user-led innovation and organizational behavior. The implications for traditional software development organizations are discussed, and recommendations for further research are provided. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Yoav Shapira. en_US
dc.format.extent 141 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.title A threat-rigidity analysis of the Apache Software Foundation's response to reported server security issues en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 71333049 en_US

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