Open-source projects as incubators of innovation: From niche phenomenon to integral part of the industry

@article{Schrape2017OpensourcePA,
  title={Open-source projects as incubators of innovation: From niche phenomenon to integral part of the industry},
  author={Jan Felix Schrape},
  journal={Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies},
  year={2017},
  volume={25},
  pages={409 - 427}
}
  • J. Schrape
  • Published 1 June 2019
  • Business
  • Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies
Over the last 20 years, open-source development has become an integral part of the software industry. Against this backdrop, this article seeks to develop a systematic overview of open-source communities and their socio-economic contexts. I begin with a reconstruction of the genesis of open-source software projects and their changing relationships to established information technology companies. This is followed by the identification of four ideal-type variants of current open-source projects… 

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