Back-Propagation of User Innovations: The Open Source Compatibility Edge Case Solution

Open source software (OSS) is a significant disruptive force in the software industry. While companies see OSS success, many of them are struggling to extract the lessons to be drawn from the OSS phenomenon, because the development of OSS seems to be far from the practices and principles of traditional business. One of the main findings from research on open source products is the development of free software products not only allows users innovations, but also provide a structure for them to back propagate OSS products, a process that improves the compatibility of free software products and has a low cost solution for the more general problem of highly segmented markets services. He argues that this process of innovation management carries important information for suppliers of commercial software firms outside the software industry.
by
Christian Hicks,
Dessislava Pachamanova
Source: Business Horizons
10 pages.
Publication Date: June 1, 2007. Prod #: BH241-PDF-ENG
Back-propagation of user innovations: The Case Compatibility edge Open Source Solution

Back-Propagation of User Innovations: The Open Source Compatibility Edge Case Solution
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