FLOSS-Induced Changes in the Software Business: Insights from the Pioneers

  • Juho Lindman
  • Risto Rajala
  • Matti Rossi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 51)


Companies that build their offerings with Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities have evoked fundamental changes in the operating environment of software firms. However, prior literature has not paid sufficient attention to how the managers of software firms perceive these changes and the impact of FLOSS activity on their business. This study investigates the perceptions of the entrepreneurs and senior managers in Finnish software firms regarding these issues. Based on narratives obtained from discussions with the managers, we group the findings into four categories that provide insight into the ongoing changes in the software industry.


Collective Action Innovation Process Open Innovation Open Source Software Software Industry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juho Lindman
    • 1
  • Risto Rajala
    • 1
  • Matti Rossi
    • 1
  1. 1.Information Systems ScienceAalto University School of EconomicsHelsinkiFinland

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