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Volume 55, Issue 5


Career in Open Source? Relevant Competencies for Successful Open Source Developers

Karriere in Open Source? Relevante Kompetenzen für erfolgreiche Open Source Entwickler

Nicole Kimmelmann
Published Online: 2013-10-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit.2013.1009


Open Source (OS) offers new ways of career for software developers. The article describes relevant competencies in a systematic structure along characteristic principles and challenges in Open Source projects. The results are based on a Grounded Theory content analysis of interviews with Open Source software developers, their project managers and human resource managers in Open Source software companies. Implications for future Human Resource Management in software companies are presented as an outlook.


Open Source bietet für Software-Entwickler neue Wege der Karriere. Der Beitrag skizziert die hierfür notwendigen Kompetenzen in einer systematischen Struktur entlang von charakteristischen Merkmalen und Herausforderungen der Entwicklung in Open Source Projekten. Die Ergebnisse basieren auf Interviews mit Open Source Software Entwicklern, Entwicklungsleitern und Personalentwicklern in Open Source Unternehmen, die im Sinne eines Grounded Theory Ansatzes ausgewertet wurden. Handlungsempfehlungen für zukünftige Personalentwicklungsmaßnahmen in Software Unternehmen bilden den abschließenden Ausblick.

Keywords: ACM CCS → Software and its engineering → Software creation and management → Collaboration in software development → Open source model; ACM CCS → Social and professional topics → Professional topics → Computing education

Schlagwörter: Open Source; Software-Entwickler; Kompetenzen; Karriere

About the article

Nicole Kimmelmann

Prof. Dr. Nicole Kimmelmann  

since 04/11

Juniorprofessor for Professional Competence Development (University Erlangen-Nuremberg)


Research Assistant at the Chair for Vocational Education and Training at University Erlangen-Nuremberg (2009: Phd degree Dr. rer.pol)


Teacher for German as a foreign Language


Assistant of the National German Advisor, New Zealand, Wellington


Teacher /Educational Manager


Degree in German as a Foreign Language (Certificate)


Degree in VET & Human Resource Management (Diploma)


Apprenticeship as a bank clerk


High School degree


Born in Nuremberg


Juniorprofessur für Berufliche Kompetenzentwicklung, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Lange Gasse 20, D-90403 Nürnberg, e-mail:nicole.kimmelmann@wiso.uni-erlangen.de

Received: 2013-03-06

Published Online: 2013-10-01

Published in Print: 2013-09-01

Citation Information: it – Information Technology it – Information Technology, Volume 55, Issue 5, Pages 204–212, ISSN (Online) 2196-7032, ISSN (Print) 1611-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit.2013.1009.

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