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Discussion on: Why is the software industry so competitive?

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Michael Kohl

[citation needed] — What is the question based on, are there any studies etc. that show that the software industry is more competitive than others?

Many software developers enjoy benefits that other professions can only dream of (meaningful work, relatively high salaries, possibilities for remote work, progressive work environments, of course all depending on the company), so maybe we don't have it all that bad?

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Sebastian Baltes

It's not exactly what you are looking for, but you'll find some information on developers' motivation and possible performance decline over time in this blog post and the corresponding research paper:

dev.to/s_baltes/software-developme...

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Michael Kohl

Downloaded the paper from Arxiv, will check it out when I have some time. Though what I'm really after is a comparison with other fields, a lot of the stuff I saw while skim-reading should apply to other professions as well, so the question whether software development really is particularly competitive or not remains unanswered.

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Sebastian Baltes

That's a good point. I think most of the results apply for other knowledge worker jobs as well. I can't tell which competitive aspects are specific to software development, but exploring this would be an interesting direction for future work.