Competitive Strategy for Open Source Software

@article{Kumar2011CompetitiveSF,
  title={Competitive Strategy for Open Source Software},
  author={Vineet Kumar and Brett R. Gordon and Kannan Srinivasan},
  journal={Marketing Science},
  year={2011},
  volume={30},
  pages={1066-1078}
}
C open source software (COSS) products—privately developed software based on publicly available source code—represent a rapidly growing, multibillion-dollar market. A unique aspect of competition in the COSS market is that many open source licenses require firms to make certain enhancements public, creating an incentive for firms to free ride on the contributions of others. This practice raises a number of puzzling issues. First, why should a firm further develop a product if competitors can… CONTINUE READING

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