Note: An earlier analysis of this data was presented at the 1995 Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Software, shareware and freeware: multiplex commitment to an electronic social exchange system†
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2002
Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 23, Issue 5, pages 635–653, August 2002
How to Cite
Liao-Troth, M. A. and Griffith, T. L. (2002), Software, shareware and freeware: multiplex commitment to an electronic social exchange system. J. Organiz. Behav., 23: 635–653. doi: 10.1002/job.158
- Issue published online: 21 JUN 2002
- Article first published online: 21 JUN 2002
- Manuscript Revised: 2 MAY 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 MAY 2002
- Manuscript Received: 1 MAR 2001
We observe the behavior of 37 authors of shared (i.e., non-commercial) software for the Apple Newton in terms of multiplex commitment (committed to multiple related targets) and the helping behaviors directed at these multiple related targets. The behavior of these shared software authors show a pattern of commitment to related targets consistent with our expectations of multiplex commitment and relationships to two helping behaviors (the number of shared software programs produced, and the degree of sacrifice expected with that shared software). The related targets of commitment were the users of the software, other shared software authors, and the newsgroup that served as the electronic social exchange system, but not the FTP site that enabled the exchange or the Listserv that served as an additional electronic social exchange system. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.