Boundary Organizations: Enabling Collaboration among Unexpected Allies
Administrative Science Quarterly, 2008

This paper by Associate Professor Beth Bechky and Siobhán O’Mahony of Boston University examines how parties challenging established social systems collaborate with defenders of those systems to achieve mutual goals. With field interviews and observations from four community projects in the open-source movement, the authors examine how these projects collaborated with firms defending proprietary approaches to software development.

This paper was a 2010 Best Paper Award runner-up from the International Association for Conflict Management.