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Is Open Source software about innovation? Collaborations with the Open Source community and innovation performance of software entrepreneurial ventures

Is Open Source software about innovation? Collaborations with the Open Source community and innovation performance of software entrepreneurial ventures
Is Open Source software about innovation? Collaborations with the Open Source community and innovation performance of software entrepreneurial ventures
Practitioners generally assert that collaborations with the open source software (OSS) community enable software entrepreneurial ventures to achieve superior innovation performance. Nonetheless, scholars have never tested this assertion. This paper takes a first step toward filling this gap. First, based on the high-tech entrepreneurship literature and the OSS research stream, we illustrate why collaborations with the OSS community should exert a positive effect on entrepreneurial ventures' innovation performance. Then, we provide a rigorous quantitative analysis of the innovation impact of these collaborations. Our econometric estimates indicate that entrepreneurial ventures collaborating with the OSS community exhibit superior innovation performance compared with their noncollaborating peers.
0447-2778
340-364
Piva, Evila
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Rentocchini, Francesco
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Rossi Lamastra, Cristina
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Piva, Evila
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Rentocchini, Francesco
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Rossi Lamastra, Cristina
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Piva, Evila, Rentocchini, Francesco and Rossi Lamastra, Cristina (2012) Is Open Source software about innovation? Collaborations with the Open Source community and innovation performance of software entrepreneurial ventures. [in special issue: Small Business and Networked Innovation: Organizational and Managerial Challenges] Journal of Small Business Management, 50 (2), 340-364. (doi:10.1111/j.1540-627X.2012.00356.x).

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Practitioners generally assert that collaborations with the open source software (OSS) community enable software entrepreneurial ventures to achieve superior innovation performance. Nonetheless, scholars have never tested this assertion. This paper takes a first step toward filling this gap. First, based on the high-tech entrepreneurship literature and the OSS research stream, we illustrate why collaborations with the OSS community should exert a positive effect on entrepreneurial ventures' innovation performance. Then, we provide a rigorous quantitative analysis of the innovation impact of these collaborations. Our econometric estimates indicate that entrepreneurial ventures collaborating with the OSS community exhibit superior innovation performance compared with their noncollaborating peers.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 16 March 2012
Published date: April 2012
Organisations: Southampton Business School

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/357282
ISSN: 0447-2778
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