Firms in Open Source Software Development

Managing Innovation Beyond Firm Boundaries

  • Mario Schaarschmidt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Mario Schaarschmidt
    Pages 1-14
  3. Mario Schaarschmidt
    Pages 15-52
  4. Mario Schaarschmidt
    Pages 193-202
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-233

About this book


In open innovation scenarios, firms are able to profit from technological developments that take place beyond their legal boundaries. However, in the absence of contract-based vertical command chains, such as in the case of open source software (OSS), it is difficult for firms to obtain control over the innovation project’s trajectory. In this book, the author suggests that firms have basically two options to control project work beyond their boundaries and beyond their vertical command chains. The assumption is discussed against various theories of the firm as well as control theory and empirically tested by analyzing firm engagement in Eclipse open source projects as well as communication work in the Linux kernel project.


Business Model Firm Boundaries Open Innovation Open Source

Authors and affiliations

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

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