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James Herbsleb

Professor, School of Computer Science



James Herbsleb is a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Software Industry Center at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests lie primarily in the intersection of software engineering and computer-supported cooperative work, focusing on such areas as geographically-distributed development teams, open source software development, and more generally on coordination in software engineering.


JD (1980) and a PhD in psychology (1984), University of Nebraska

MS in computer science (1991), University of Michigan.

Professional Background

After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, he moved to Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute, where he led an effort to empirically validate the CMM for Software. He then joined the Software Production Research Department at Lucent Technologies, where he initiated and led the Bell Labs Collaboratory Project, which conducted empirical studies and designed collaborative technologies and practices for global software development. He is currently PI on two NSF-funded projects investigating various aspects of collaborative software engineering. His research interests are in geographically-distributed software engineering, open source software development, collaboration over distance, and tools and technologies that support coordination.


" When Cultures Clash: Participation in Open Source Communities and Its Implications For Organizational Commitment". Daniel, S., Maruping, L., Cataldo, M., Herbsleb, J. (2012). International Conference on Information Systems, Shanghai, China.

"Configuring Global Software Teams: A Multi-Company Analysis of Productivity, Quality, and Profits". Ramasubbu, N., Cataldo, M., Balan, R. K. and Herbsleb, J. (2011). In Proceedings, International Conference on Software Engineering, Honolulu, HI, pp. 261-270. (ACM Distinguished Paper award

"Factors leading to integration failures in global feature-oriented development: an empirical analysis". Cataldo, M. and Herbsleb, J. D. (2011). In Proceedings, International Conference on Software Engineering, Honolulu, HI, pp. 161-170.

"Managing a Corporate Open Source Software Asset.". Gurbani, V.K., Garvert, A., & Herbsleb, J.D. (2010). Communications of the ACM 53, 2, pp. 155-159.

"The Impact of Commercial Organizations on Volunteer Participation in an Online Community". Wagstrom, P., Mockus, A., Herbsleb, J.D., & Kraut, R.E. (2010).Academy of Management Conference.