The Effect of Open Source Licensing on the Evolution of Business Strategy

  • Tetsuo Noda
  • Terutaka Tansho
  • Shane Coughlan
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 378)

Abstract

This paper explores how the approach underlying Open Source development has encouraged a greater sharing of knowledge in related business and legal affairs, and subsequently leads to the emergence of Open Source-driven collaboration by enterprises to address challenges. We use an Economic approach to propose a theoretical framework for Open Source business analysis and provide a defined sample of real-world developments to support its initial findings. We conclude that the need to develop effective Open Source governance solutions has led to widespread collaboration regarding business and legal challenges by stakeholders in the field, and that this collaboration will increase to improve efficiency as the market matures.

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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tetsuo Noda
    • 1
  • Terutaka Tansho
    • 1
  • Shane Coughlan
    • 2
  1. 1.Shimane UniversityJapan
  2. 2.Opendawn, Shimane University, OpenForum EuropeJapan

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