Not accidental revolutionaries : essays on open source software production and organizational change

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Lindman, Juho 2013-10-10T09:43:22Z 2013-10-10T09:43:22Z 2011
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-4037-0
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934
dc.description.abstract Open Source Software research has established that OSS technology (tools and practices) holds untapped potential. Based on a systematic literature review and a research engagement over a three-year period of data gathering, my dissertation describes how organizations leverage OSS practices to produce software. Leveraging OSS can be divided into two processes: 1) inbounding (moving public assets inside a company) and 2) outbounding(publishing) OSS. I outline the structural consequences these changes in software production entail and provoke. My research question is: What is the relation between local renegotiation of the term OSS and the organizational change provoked by OSS technology? I chose a qualitative approach to examine the case companies, informed by OSS research and institutional theory. The bulk of the data emerges from the industrial ITEA-COSI project, which focused on software commodification. I aim to provide a narrative of how the term OSS travels from the writings of enthusiasts to the daily work practices of software producing organizations. The findings underline the importance of local renegotiation of the term OSS. This renegotiation provokes structural changes in 1) the organizations that adopt OSS technology, but more widely also in 2) the industries these companies operate in. The main contribution of this research thesis, reported in four essays, is directed at two audiences: first, at academics, to promote the idea that OSS in organizations should be researched in a sensitivized manner. This requires moving away from too simplistic institutional contexts and ”the OSS business model”. Second, it is directed at practitioners, to reduce uncertainty about the adoption of OSS technology and to help build a capacity to accept, search for, motivate and reward contribution. en
dc.format.extent 65, [64] s.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto University en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aalto University publication series. DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries 13/2011 fi
dc.title Not accidental revolutionaries : essays on open source software production and organizational change en
dc.type G5 Artikkeliväitöskirja fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Tieto- ja palvelutalouden laitos fi
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-60-4037-0
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Information Systems Science en
dc.programme.major Tietojärjestelmätiede fi
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (artikkeli) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (article-based) en
dc.contributor.supervisor Rossi, Matti, professor fi
dc.opn Åkerfalk, Pär, professor, Uppsala University, Sweden fi
dc.subject.helecon tietotekniikka
dc.subject.helecon tietojärjestelmät
dc.subject.helecon ohjelmistot
dc.subject.helecon toimialat
dc.subject.helecon organisaatio
dc.subject.helecon information technology
dc.subject.helecon information systems
dc.subject.helecon software
dc.subject.helecon business branches
dc.subject.helecon organization 2011-03-11
dc.dissid 418
dc.identifier.bibid 574286

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