A Qualitative Study on the Adoption of Open Source Software in Information Technology Outsourcing Organizations

  • Lakshmanan Ramanathan
  • Sundaresan Krishnan Iyer
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 451)

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to identify the influence of Outsourcing on Open source software (OSS) and further investigate the factors that impact the adoption of OSS in global Information Technology (IT) outsourcing organizations serviced by Indian IT services providers. This exploratory research adopted positivism research philosophy and qualitative approach. An in-depth interview was conducted with ten participants across IT outsourcing organizations, IT service providers, and OSS service providers. The results show that IT outsourcing was not found to have an impact on OSS adoption. However, eight factors including management support and OSS support availability was identified to influence OSS adoption. IT services providers can utilize this research model to increase their understanding of why some IT outsourcing organizations choose to adopt OSS, while seemingly similar ones facing similar market conditions do not.

Keywords

Open source software OSS adoption IT outsourcing TOE Diffusion of innovation Indian IT 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lakshmanan Ramanathan
    • 1
  • Sundaresan Krishnan Iyer
    • 2
  1. 1.Birla Institute of Technology and SciencePilaniIndia
  2. 2.Infosys LimitedMysoreIndia

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