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Innovating with open sourcing: governance concerns for managers

Shaikh, Maha and Cornford, Tony (2009) Innovating with open sourcing: governance concerns for managers. In: Americas' Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), 6 - 9 August 2009, San Francisco, California.

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Abstract

Among various forms of innovation in industry structures and business models an increasing number of companies have shown interest in aligning themselves to an open source software model as a means to capture intellectual energy, productive software processes and relevant technical skills. This is evident both within small and niche businesses, but also within the largest companies – a phenomenon known as open-sourcing. This paper presents findings from a field study of open-sourcing of software development within two large, global technology companies. It reports on the ways in which open-sourcing is accommodated within the corporate context, and assesses the innovative strategies managers use as they engage with this phenomenon and seek to work co-operatively with open source communities. The analysis focuses on three primary areas that emerge from the data and which are seen to require particular attention in such organizations; license and IPR regime; community approach; and a modified development process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Official URL: http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis/
Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 12:04
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/29979/

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