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The Challenges of Open Source Software in IT Adoption

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  • Larsen, Michael Holm

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Holck, Jesper

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Pedersen, Mogens Kühn

    (Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School)

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    Abstract

    The paper presents an explorative study of Open Source Software (OSS) focusing on the managerial decisions for acquisition of OSS. Based on three case studies we argue that whereas small organizations often may chose adoption of OSS expecting significant cost savings, a major barrier for larger organizations’ adoption of OSS lies in the organizations’ consolidation of the enterprise architectures, in addition to that OSS will not be adopted before satisfactory delivery and procurement models for OSS are established.

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    Paper provided by Copenhagen Business School, Department of Informatics in its series Working Papers with number 2004-11.

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    Length: 20 pages
    Date of creation: 20 Sep 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsinf:2004_011

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    Postal: Department of Informatics, Copenhagen Business School, Howitzvej 60, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
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    Keywords: Open Source Software; OSS; Enterprise Architecture; Total Cost of Ownership; Delivery and Procurement Model;

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    1. Lerner, Josh & Tirole, Jean, 2002. "Some Simple Economics of Open," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(2), pages 197-234, June.
    2. Lakhani, Karim R. & von Hippel, Eric, 2003. "How open source software works: "free" user-to-user assistance," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 923-943, June.
    3. Lerner, Josh & Tirole, Jean, 2001. "The open source movement: Key research questions," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 45(4-6), pages 819-826, May.
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