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Open Source as Open Innovation: Creating and Capturing Value in Value Networks

Lorraine Morgan
National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Joseph Feller
University College Cork, Ireland
Patrick Finnegan
University of New South Wales, Australia


Abstract
Given that existing theories of the firm do not offer feasible answers as to how firms create and capture value with Open source software (OSS) and the fact that open source raises questions about how business can effectively create and capture value through the application of OSS in a manner that leverages open innovation qualities, there is a clear need for more research in this regard. The study utilises a theory-building approach, deriving a model from extant research and refining the model through case study analysis of three European firms which include a supplier of medical equipment and devices, a telecommunications provider and an electronics and systems company that serve defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. The findings reveal that a firm's ability to create and capture value with OSS is augmented by their ability to gain access to external and internal value networks of potential complementors.

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Reference:Morgan, L., Feller, J., Finnegan, P. (2010). "Open Source as Open Innovation: Creating and Capturing Value in Value Networks," Proceedings > Proceedings of IFIP 8.2/Organizations and Society in Information Systems (OASIS) . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 10(106). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/10-106
Keywords:open source software, open innovation, value creation, value capture, value networks
Item Type:Article - Volume 10 Article 106 (2010)
Language:English
Email: Lorraine Morgan (lorraine.morgan@ul.ie)
Joseph Feller (jfeller@afis.ucc.ie)
Patrick Finnegan (p.finnegan@unsw.edu.au)
Additional Information:Proceedings of IFIP 8.2/OASIS

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