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Exploring the determinants of the OSS market potential: The case of the Apache web server

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  • Lakka, Spyridoula
  • Michalakelis, Christos
  • Varoutas, Dimitris
  • Martakos, Draculis

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A theoretical framework is proposed for the better understanding of the OSS global diffusion. Following a case study approach, the Apache web server's market potential is estimated, forecasted and examined in terms of the socio-economic factors determining its diffusion, across different economic environments in developed versus developing countries. Market saturation is explored under the prism of three theoretical perspectives: the institutional, the endogenous and the exogenous growth theories. Findings suggest that Apache market saturation levels depend on both endogenous and exogenous to a country factors and that institutional quality plays an important role to the market potential. Implications for theory and public policy are discussed.

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  • Lakka, Spyridoula & Michalakelis, Christos & Varoutas, Dimitris & Martakos, Draculis, 2012. "Exploring the determinants of the OSS market potential: The case of the Apache web server," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 51-68.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:36:y:2012:i:1:p:51-68
    DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2011.11.018
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