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Open source in Swedish companies: where are we?
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre.
2010 (English)In: Information Systems Journal, ISSN 1350-1917, E-ISSN 1365-2575, Vol. 20, no 6, 519-535 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Open Source (OS) is a phenomenon of increasing significance for organizations, offering the prospect of effective alternative business solutions and new business opportunities. A number of surveys have been conducted in various countries with the purpose of understanding the state of practice with respect to OS in companies. In this paper we report on a study of the perceptions of OS and the uptake of OS products and development models in Swedish companies. The study used purposeful sampling of companies that have an expressed intererst in OS, and the survey was conducted using a set of pre-prepared questions. Its goal was to investigate the extent to which OS has influenced business thinking, as seen from the standpoint of stakeholders. We found that uptake is much higher than reported in earlier studies, but as with previous studies, activity is still concentrated in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). There is increased evidence of interest beyond the simple use of OS components at the infrastructure level. Further, a significant proportion of the companies studied are supporting the OS community as well as benefiting from it. Support includes participation in existing projects and the release of new software under OS licenses. 

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Vol. 20, no 6, 519-535 p.
Keyword [en]
open source in Swedish companies, qualitative survey, open source adoption, perceptions of open source
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Engineering and Technology
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Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-4696DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2575.2010.00348.xISI: 000282636000002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79953018230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-4696DiVA: diva2:393920
Available from: 2011-02-01 Created: 2011-02-01 Last updated: 2013-04-09Bibliographically approved

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