Effect on Business Growth by Utilization and Contribution of Open Source Software in Japanese IT Companies

Abstract : The expanded use of Open Source Software (OSS), and the expansion of the market caused by this adoption has led to a corresponding increase in the number of businesses acting as stakeholders in the field. Some of these are pure users of OSS technology but a great number are developers of such technology, and can be understood to have a substantial investment in this paradigm. It is reasonable to assume that such businesses are rational actors, and that their investment or contribution to the field implies a positive economic benefit either currently obtained or assumed as a return in the future. This paper analyzes how OSS affects Japanese IT companies’ business growth both through simple use and by deeper engagement as a stakeholder in OSS community. This is the first time that such a link between the utilization of OSS and economic growth has been explored in the context of Japan, and it can hopefully lay a foundation for further study regarding the real economic value of this approach to software.
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Tetsuo Noda, Terutaka Tansho, Shane Coughlan. Effect on Business Growth by Utilization and Contribution of Open Source Software in Japanese IT Companies. 9th Open Source Software (OSS), Jun 2013, Koper-Capodistria, Slovenia. pp.222-231, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-38928-3_16⟩. ⟨hal-01467572⟩

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