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Discussion on: Why is the software industry so competitive?

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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.