When does community participation enhance the performance of open source software companies?

Wouter Stam*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study examined how the participation in open innovation communities influences the innovative and financial performance of software firms pursuing open business models. Using an original dataset of open source companies in the Netherlands, I found that the participation-performance relationship is curvilinear. In addition, results indicate that extensive participation open source projects is more strongly related to performance for firms that also engage in social ("offline") community activities, for companies of larger size, and for firms with strong internal R&D resources. Overall, this research refines our understanding of the boundary conditions under which engagement in community-based innovation yields private returns to commercial actors.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Event68th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2008 - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: 8 Aug 200813 Aug 2008

Conference

Conference68th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2008
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim, CA
Period8/08/0813/08/08

Keywords

  • Community-based innovation
  • Open source software

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