Managing Firm-Sponsored Open Source Communities
May 28, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Fredrik)
"The interest and use of open source software and methodology
has gained an increasing amount of commercial attention, and we are
currently witnessing that established proprietary software firms
are taking a step further by opening their own software projects in
an attempt to create firm-sponsored open source communities.
Siobhan O'Mahony's research finds that these firms have to handle a
tension between openness and control in their product development,
but little research has been done to detail how this balance is
achieved. I have studied the American software company Novell and
the openSUSE project, largely guided by an inductive, qualitative
approach supplemented by some quantitative methods..."