Managing Innovation Beyond Firm Boundaries
As discussed in the introductory chapter, this dissertation aims to explore the role of firms and their employed developers within OSS communities. I further argued that the business model a firm is applying in order to benefit from OSS adoption, development, or distribution, is equally important to understand the phenomenon. However, since software development in general may be viewed as a form of innovative activity (Buxmann, Diefenbach & Hess 2008), being able to classify possible results of this dissertation against existing knowledge on innovation management requires a full understanding of how innovation emerges within and outside the research and development (R&D) boundaries of the firm. As current management thinking is predominantly influenced by the resource-based view of the firm (RBV; e.g., Barney 1991, Makadok 2001, Peteraf & Barney 2003) and new institutional economics, which is an economic perspective on social and legal norms that determine the choice of integrating external resources or not (e.g., Frese 2000, Samuels 1998, Valcárcel 2002), I will start with a discussion about firm boundaries in the light of new institutional economics, RBV, and appropriability regimes.
KeywordsInnovation Process Open Innovation Absorptive Capacity Knowledge Spillover Dynamic Capability
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