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Identifying Business Barriers and Enablers for the Adoption of Open Source Software

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  • Holck, Jesper

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Larsen, Michael Holm

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Pedersen, Mogens Kühn

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

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    Abstract

    The main research interest in Open Source Software (OSS) has been in answering the questions of why individuals and organizations without economic compensation contribute to OSS projects and how these projects are organized. In this paper we instead focus on managerial decisions for acquisition of OSS and discuss potential barriers for widespread use of OSS. Based on existing literature and a small case study, we develop and discuss the hypothesis that a major barrier may be the “customer organizations’ uncertainty and unfamiliarity with the relationships with OSS “vendors. To develop viable models for these relationships is an important challenge, which we will deal with in a research project, of which this paper should be seen as a first step.

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    Paper provided by Copenhagen Business School, Department of Informatics in its series Working Papers with number 2004-10.

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    Length: 15 pages
    Date of creation: 20 Sep 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsinf:2004_010

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    1. Mustonen, M., 2000. "Copyleft - the Economics of Linux and other Open Source Software," University of Helsinki, Department of Economics 493, Department of Economics.
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    1. Holck,, Jesper & Pedersen, Mogens Kühn & Larsen, Michael Holm, 2005. "Open Source Software Acquisition," Working Papers 2005-7, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Informatics.

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