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Research Paper: Management Accounting Concepts for Inner Source Software Engineering

Abstract: Inner source software development is the use of open source developmentā€™s best practices inside a company. In inner source, developers collaborate on reusable software components across company’s internal organizational silo boundaries for mutual benefit. As such, inner source goes against the grain of traditional management techniques. In this article, we present two conceptual models of management accounting for inner source. We derived these prototypes by performing a literature review and triangulating the results with interviews of industry practitioners. We demonstrate how the conceptual models can be used for monitoring and controlling inner source projects and to determine their future viability.

Keywords: Software engineering, inner source, management accounting, business intelligence.

Reference: Julian Hirsch and Dirk Riehle (2022). Management Accounting Concepts for Inner Source Software Engineering. The 13th International Conference on Software Business (ICSOB 2022). Bolzano, Italy.

A preprint of the paper is available as a PDF.