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'Letting go of control' to embrace open source : implications for company and community

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Show simple item record Shaikh, Maha Cornford, Tony 2011-02-03T15:00:10Z 2011-02-03T15:00:10Z 2010
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract It is increasingly understood across the information technology and services sector that engagement with the open source software model can serve as a means for firms to capture intellectual energy, learn about productive software processes, access relevant technical skills, identify and recruit staff, as well as obtain valuable resources including code. This paper reports a study undertaken within two large global IT companies that have been actively involved with open source for more than ten years. The study involved over 30 semi-structured interviews with employees of the companies drawn from top, middle, and lower level management, and included active and experienced developer as well as open source community members. Our findings indicate how these companies have adapted their day-to-day management practices to take into account the need for flexibility and freedom expected by open source communities. This paper focuses on how they ‘let go of control’ and what the implications of this are for both companies and the communities involved. Our data reveals a number of themes and in this paper we focus on three principal ones; issues of requirements, total cost of adoption, and alignment of open source engagement with long term company strategy. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IEEE Computer Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 43rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), 2010;pp. 1-10
dc.rights ©2010 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other users, including reprinting/ republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted components of this work in other works. en_US
dc.subject information technology en_US
dc.subject open source software en_US
dc.subject staff recruitment en_US
dc.subject productive software processes en_US
dc.subject services sector en_US
dc.title 'Letting go of control' to embrace open source : implications for company and community 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.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI

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