Effect on Business Growth by Utilization and Contribution of Open Source Software in Japanese IT Companies

  • Tetsuo Noda
  • Terutaka Tansho
  • Shane Coughlan
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 404)


The expanded use of Open Source Software (OSS), and the expansion of the market caused by this adoption has led to a corresponding increase in the number of businesses acting as stakeholders in the field. Some of these are pure users of OSS technology but a great number are developers of such technology, and can be understood to have a substantial investment in this paradigm. It is reasonable to assume that such businesses are rational actors, and that their investment or contribution to the field implies a positive economic benefit either currently obtained or assumed as a return in the future. This paper analyzes how OSS affects Japanese IT companies’ business growth both through simple use and by deeper engagement as a stakeholder in OSS community. This is the first time that such a link between the utilization of OSS and economic growth has been explored in the context of Japan, and it can hopefully lay a foundation for further study regarding the real economic value of this approach to software.


Open Innovation Open Source Software Free Rider Business Enterprise Database Technology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tetsuo Noda
    • 1
  • Terutaka Tansho
    • 1
  • Shane Coughlan
    • 2
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Shimane UniversityJapan
  2. 2.OpendawnJapan
  3. 3.OpenForum EuropeJapan

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