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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)

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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  • Larsen, Michael Holm & Holck, Jesper & Pedersen, Mogens Kühn, 2004. "The Challenges of Open Source Software in IT Adoption," Working Papers 2004-11, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Informatics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsinf:2004_011
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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. Lerner, Josh & Tirole, Jean, 2001. "The open source movement: Key research questions," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 45(4-6), pages 819-826, May.
    3. 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.
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    Cited by:

    1. Albert Kibe, 2014. "Training as a Determinant of Open Source-Software Applications Adoption in Universities," International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, vol. 4(8), pages 420-429, August.

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    Keywords

    Open Source Software; OSS; Enterprise Architecture; Total Cost of Ownership; Delivery and Procurement Model;

    JEL classification:

    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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