Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

Industry evolution and the interplay between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation – Software and Genomics from a Habermasian perspective

zu Knyphausen-Aufseß, Dodo
Volume: 21
Pages: 213 - 247
ISSN-Print: 1615-6005
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2011
Keywords: Genomics; Habermas; Industrial Change; Motivation; Open Source Software; Social Movements
Abstract: How do industries evolve? We explore this question by making a detailed comparison of basic characteristics of open source software (OSS) development and the deciphering of the human genome. Based on a Habermasian theoretical framework, we focus especially on the interplay between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and how this interplay can drive industry evolution. However, as the Habermasian concept of a ''colonialization of the life-world'' indicates, we show how the rising importance of extrinsic motivation can also have negative repercussions, e.g. on the ''public'' development structures in the OSS community or the Human Genome Project and the readiness of their members to participate free of charge.