Department of Management

How companies govern their open source software contributions: A case study

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  • Juliane Wissel, Technical University of Munich
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  • Michael Zaggl
  • Aron Lindberg, Stevens Institute of Technology

Companies are increasingly involving themselves with open source software (OSS) communities. We lack knowledge about how companies ensure a compliant behavior, while granting a certain degree of flexibility to their employees in managing their OSS contributions. We approach this gap in an explorative case study at Siemens AG through the following question: How do companies negotiate the tensions between control and flexibility regarding their employees' community interaction by means of governance mechanisms? Initial results show that Siemens introduced a formal template process, which the different organizational units within Siemens can adapt according to their needs. The extent to which the process is implemented depends on the level of closeness to core intellectual property of the organizational unit and the intensity of the involvement in OSS communities. Developers use several methods to shorten the process. Our study contributes to the literature on company-involved OSS development and the OSS governance literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019
PublisherAIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication year2020
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683197
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 15 Dec 201918 Dec 2019


Conference40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019
SponsorAtos, et al, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, IBM, Prospect Press, Red Hat

    Research areas

  • Governance, Open source software, Organizations

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