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An Organizational Perspective on Free and Open Source Software Development

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The traditional model of innovation, the restricted/close source (R/CS) model, is based on proprietary knowledge and private model of production. A fundamental different one, the open source model is based on non-proprietary knowledge and non-economic motives. Moreover, between the two, there are various combinations or hybrids, in the following referred to as free/open source-based (F/OS-based) agency. In the discussions, practical examples from software production are included. In conclusion, the paper identifies avenues for future research as well as important managerial and policy implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Economics of Open Source Software Development
EditorsJürgen Bitzer, Philipp J. H. Schröder
Number of pages20
Place of publicationAmsterdam
PublisherPergamon Press
Publication year2006
Pages185-205
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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