Firms on SourceForge
AbstractThis paper explores empirically what factors inﬂuence a ﬁrm’s decision to contribute and to take leadership in open source projects. Increasing ﬁrms’ participation in the development of open source software (OSS) is generally perceived as a puzzle. Assuming that ﬁrms face a ”Make-or-Buy” decision before using OSS, we argue that contribution is in fact the best way for them to keep control of their supplier in a context where incomplete open source licenses govern transactions. Building on this proposition, we derive predictions on the drivers of ﬁrms’ contribution and leadership in open source projects, and test them on a unique dataset of 4,808 open source projects extracted from Sourceforge. Our empirical ﬁndings conﬁrm the predictions and lend support to our hypotheses.
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Open source; transaction cost; governance; firm boundaries; software;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
- L17 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Open Source Products and Markets
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-03-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2008-03-25 (Business Economics)
- NEP-ICT-2008-03-25 (Information & Communication Technologies)
- NEP-IPR-2008-03-25 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-PPM-2008-03-25 (Project, Program & Portfolio Management)
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