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Project Title

The Success of OSS in Business Models


Ya Tang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Prof. Eric Fang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Project Abstract

The purpose of this project is to study open innovation in open source software development. Since the concept of open innovation promoted by Henry Chesbrough, a professor and executive director at the Center for Open Innovation at Berkeley, in his book Open Innovation: the new imperative for creating and profiting from technology, open innovation has received great attention from both academia and practical managers. Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology. Over the last twenty years, an increasingly popular example of innovation has been open source software development, exemplified by Linux operation system. Even though it is believed that intellectual property, no empirical research shows that. In this project, we want to investigate the research questions in the context of open source software development: Is open innovation a successful business model for all firms? If not, under what conditions can open innovation succeed? Is the degree of openness a key determinant of success of open innovation.