Open Source Product Development

The Meaning and Relevance of Openness

  • Authors
  • Kerstin Balka

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Focus and scope

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kerstin Balka
      Pages 3-8
    3. Kerstin Balka
      Pages 9-10
  3. Theoretical and methodological foundation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Kerstin Balka
      Pages 13-31
    3. Kerstin Balka
      Pages 33-48
  4. On the variety of open design

  5. On openness in open design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Kerstin Balka
      Pages 89-100
  6. Integration of findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Kerstin Balka
      Pages 133-141
    3. Kerstin Balka
      Pages 143-148
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 149-196

About this book


Open source software development has received considerable scholarly attention, much of which is based on the presumption that the ‘open source model’ holds some lessons of broader applicability. Kerstin Balka focuses on the open source development of tangible objects, so-called open design. To explore the landscape and mechanisms of open design, she presents a comprehensive study of 104 projects and an in-depth case study of six projects. The subsequent quantitative study explores openness as a gradual and multi-dimensional concept showing that companies can successfully implement strategies of partial openness to safeguard value capture without alienating their developer community.


Innovation Management New Product Development Open Design Open Hardware Open Source Innovation

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