Collaboration structure and temporal dispersion (TD) in teams have been studied independently so far. This study uses Media Synchronicity Theory (MST) to derive hypotheses positing that the structure of collaboration networks in distributed teams changes when those teams are more temporally dispersed. The empirical test of hypotheses using ordinary least squares with archival data from 230 open source software (OSS) projects shows that the collaboration structure networks of those OSS teams that are more temporally dispersed are sparser and more centralised, and these associations are stronger in those teams exhibiting higher relative performance. Theoretical and practical consequences are discussed.
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Imperial College Press
Colazo, J. (2014). Structural changes associated with temporal dispersion in software development teams: Evidence from open source software project teams. International Journal of Innovation Management, 18(5), 1-21. doi: 10.1142/S1363919614500303
International Journal of Innovation Management