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Show simple item record Shaikh, Maha Cornford, Tony 2012-06-13T10:28:29Z 2012-06-13T10:28:29Z 2008
dc.identifier.citation Second Global Sourcing Workshop 2008 en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Open-sourcing is a relatively new term and indicates a less explored theme within the overall perspective of global sourcing. Until recently the term has usually been taken to refer to commercially controlled and created proprietary software which switches, partially or fully to open source licenses – n example would be Netscape and the Mozilla browser. More recently the term has come to take a rather different meaning, implying a deeper link between the open source movement and the tradition of IT/IS outsourcing. Thus open-sourcing has been defined as ‘outsourcing to a global but largely unknown workforce’ (Ågerfalk et al., 2006a). This paper explores this emerging though tentative trend and charts eight basic sourcing models drawn from the outsourcing and open source domains and which converge towards open-sourcing. In the spirit of a substantial link between open source software processes and outsourcing of IT/IS activities, the paper analyses the characteristics of open-sourcing, and suggests when and why companies might adopt the approach. This draws on the broader literature on open source adoption, both of the products of open source and the processes. Based on this analysis we propose a detailed framework of opensourcing. The framework places open-sourcing in perspective from the point of view of global perspectives on IT/IS outsourcing but also as an emerging strand of the open source movement en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Second Global Sourcing Workshop 2008;
dc.subject outsourcing en_US
dc.subject Global sourcing en_US
dc.subject open-sourcing en_US
dc.subject globally distributed development en_US
dc.title Open-Sourcing: on the road to the ultimate global source en_US
dc.type Conference item en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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