Lost and Gained in Translation: Adoption of Open Source Software Development at Hewlett-Packard
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- Melian C., Mähring M. (2008) Lost and Gained in Translation: Adoption of Open Source Software Development at Hewlett-Packard. In: Russo B., Damiani E., Hissam S., Lundell B., Succi G. (eds) Open Source Development, Communities and Quality. OSS 2008. IFIP – The International Federation for Information Processing, vol 275. Springer, Boston, MA
What happens when an organization form that has emerged in one context is brought into a different context? In this paper, a longitudinal field study approach is used to explore how Hewlett-Packard (HP) molded open source software development (OSSD) into a proprietary software development approach called “Progressive Open Source” (POS). With the help of actornetwork theory, we understand this as a process of translation and find that some central characteristics of OSSD where lost in the translation into POS while other characteristics were gained.