Is it egalitarianism or enterprise strategy? Exploring a new method of innovation in open source

Matt Levy, Matt Germonprez

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Abstract

This research article explores a new way of innovation found in open source communities. No longer is innovation closed where research and development is kept internal to the firm. Instead, it is becoming more open, where ideas, inventions, and intellectual property are readily traded in a global marketplace. Our research observed open source communities as something different from the received view on open source. We observed open source communities as highly organized platforms for strategic innovation where profit-seeking firms are actively involved in governance, strategic direction, and technology development. We explore the evolving relationship between firms and communities and provide insight into how these communities are organized. Our research depicts Open Innovation and open source in a new light - Federated Innovation - where open source communities are now acting as platforms to drive for strategic innovation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2015
PublisherAmericas Conference on Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683104
StatePublished - 2015
Event21st Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2015 - Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Duration: Aug 13 2015Aug 15 2015

Publication series

Name2015 Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2015

Other

Other21st Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2015
CountryPuerto Rico
CityFajardo
Period8/13/158/15/15

Keywords

  • Federated innovation
  • Open innovation
  • Open source

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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    Levy, M., & Germonprez, M. (2015). Is it egalitarianism or enterprise strategy? Exploring a new method of innovation in open source. In 2015 Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2015 (2015 Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2015). Americas Conference on Information Systems.