Open Source Innovation
Recent examples of collaborative product creation have evidenced a new phenomenon: open source innovation. Innovative goods are produced by volunteers, who “program to solve their own as well as shared technical problems, and freely reveal their innovations without appropriating private returns from selling the software” (von Hippel and von Krogh 2003, p. 209). Examples of this phenomenon include software development (e.g. Linux, Apache, Debian or Mozilla) and content creation projects (e.g. Wikipedia, LibriVox, Open Directory Project or Open Street Map) that include numerous people, question the boundaries of the firm, and impact market share.
KeywordsOpen Source Open Source Software Intellectual Property Right Open Content Open Source Project
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