A striking phenomenon in recent years has been the rise of open source software. Source codes are freely revealed via the Internet, allowing geographically distributed programmers to download and utilize the software, to suggest improvements to the community, or to make modifications themselves and to redistribute their modified code. A large number of successful examples of open source software programs have been developed and extensive research has been undertaken to analyze this phenomenon from different perspectives (von Krogh & von Hippel, 2006b).


Open Source Open Source Software Open Design Research Proposition Tangible Product 
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  • Kerstin Balka

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