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3. Innovation & Open Source Software

  

Track Chairs:

 

Mogens Kühn Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Joseph Feller, University College Cork, Ireland ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )

  

Track Description:

 

Open Source Software ( OSS) has emerged as a major issue in the research community. The substantial body of work that has been produced to date has been strongly dominated by the examination of OSS software engineering tools and techniques, and of the social and cultural analysis of grassroots communities of OSS developers and users. However, OSS business models, OSS in enterprise and systems contexts, OSS in commercial and governmental organisations and networks, the delicate relationship between OSS and proprietary software (for both users and producers of systems), and related issues are all comparatively under-researched.

 

The collaborative development and open distribution models which characterise OSS have also been mirrored recently in a variety of contexts: open content licences and repositories, collaborative content-building and content-sharing systems, open innovation models, “crowd sourcing” and user-led innovation, open APIs and “mashups”, etc. Most of these examples at the intersection of open technology, collaboration and innovation remain uninvestigated.

 

This track solicits both robust theoretical and rigorous empirical research papers which refine and contribute to our understanding of OSS and related collaboration-based innovation phenomena.

 

Suggested topics:

 

- Organisational/business models for OSS and related collaboration-based innovation phenomena
- OSS and related collaboration-based innovation phenomena in enterprise and systems contexts
- OSS and related collaboration-based innovation phenomena in commercial and governmental organisations and networks
- The relationships, and the technical, organisational and legal integration issues between
- open source and proprietary software
- open content and proprietary content
- user and firm created content
- firm and extra-firm sources of innovation
- related open/proprietary conceptual pairings
- Open Standards, Open Platforms and Open APIs
- Open Content Licensing, Systems and Business Models
- Trust Building and Quality Assurance in OSS and related collaboration-based innovation phenomena
- User-Created Content and Social Software
- The organisation of end users, and networked/peer-to-peer organisational forms in OSS and related collaboration-based innovation phenomena
- Diffusion and adoption of open standards and open source tools/application stacks
- Competition, cooperation and collaboration in open and open/proprietary hybrid environments
- Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Management in OSS and related collaboration-based innovation phenomena
- Communities of Practice (both developers and users) in OSS and related collaboration-based innovation phenomena, particularly:
- Team dynamics, discourse, communication and collaboration patterns
- Development and distribution tools and processes
- Cultural and social characteristics
- Cost of Ownership and Value of Ownership of open products and initiatives
- Distributed work within enterprise domains, outsourcing, offshoring, “crowd sourcing”, open sourcing, ----and related phenomena
- OSS in a full-life cycle systems development context
- Modularity and other architectural issues in open source and open platforms

 

Associate Editors:

 

- Jesper Holck

- Bjorn Lundell

- Philip OReilly

- Jeremy Hayes

- Roberto V. Zicari

- Jan Vang-Lauridsen

- Sudhanshu Rai

- Barbara Russo

- Dave Sammon

- Joe Feller

- Mogens Kuehn Pedersen

- Pat Finnegan