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    Open Source Innovation Networks: Exploring High and Low- density Models

    Morgan, Lorraine and Feller, Joseph and Finnegan, Patrick (2012) Open Source Innovation Networks: Exploring High and Low- density Models. In: PACIS 2012 Proceedings. AISeL, pp. 1-13.

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    The concept of open innovation, of which open source software is a well-cited example, has grown in popularity over the past decade. Firms engaged in open innovation leverage external knowledge to accelerate innovation and exploit innovation more effectively. One way in which firms can connect with external sources of knowledge is by participating in value networks with a multitude of external stakeholders. Nevertheless, t here are few studies of open innovation value networks, with relatively little known about the characteristics that impact such networks. We seek to address this gap by exploring the networking arrangements of eight European firms that have a formal strategy around open source software (OSS). The findings reveal that firms selectively engage in two types of value networks in order to benefit from open collaboration and innovation – one a high-density network comprising a limited number of familiar partners, the other a low-density network comprising a larger number of often unknown partners. Additionally, these networks are influenced by certain characteristics such as the level of commitment, knowledge exchange, the alignment of objectives and governance.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Keywords: Open Innovation; Innovation Network; Open Source Software;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 6645
    Depositing User: Lorraine Morgan
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 16:36
    Publisher: AISeL
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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