Open Source in Action I: Business Collaboration Among Open Source Projects

  • Mario Schaarschmidt


It is generally assumed that in times of high competition, the ability to innovate is of high importance to corporate R&D. Moreover, a growing body of management research takes as its central assumption, that opening the boundaries of the firm potentially increases its innovative performance (Chesbrough 2003b, Laursen & Salter 2006, Lichtenthaler 2010a, Enkel, Gassmann & Chesbrough 2009). In addition to the general trend of opening R&D processes to external participants (Chesbrough 2006), which is currently discussed under the term open innovation, a further notable (but not necessarily new) trend is that firms increasingly make use of R&D alliances and consortia (Garringa, Von Krogh & Spaeth 2011).


Open Source Project Leader Closeness Centrality Open Source Project Voluntary Programmer 
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© Gabler Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Schaarschmidt
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  1. 1.University of Koblenz-LandauKoblenz-LandauGermany

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