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Open Innovation's Challenge: Letting Go Is Hard To Do

Apr 05, 2010, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joel West)

"Open-source software provides an important example of how companies can leverage external sources of innovation. In practice, however, big high-tech companies often have a difficult time collaborating and sharing control.

"While most people have heard of Linux, an open-source community founded by individual programmers, increasingly companies are sponsoring their own communities and supplying development resources, infrastructure, and initial technology in the hope of attracting individuals and other businesses to help them create products and services for potential users. Sponsors also set rules for developing and using cooperatively developed software, to align the community to corporate objectives and avoid time-consuming negotiations inherent in shared governance.

"But the tighter their control, the harder it is to attract outside participation."

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