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At the core of innovation: network reconfiguration during radical and incremental innovation episodes in an open source software project

At the core of innovation: network reconfiguration during radical and incremental innovation episodes in an open source software project

Conaldi, Guido and De Vita, Riccardo (2011) At the core of innovation: network reconfiguration during radical and incremental innovation episodes in an open source software project. International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences, 3 (1). pp. 5-25. ISSN 1756-7017 (Print), 1756-7025 (Online) (doi:10.1504/IJIDS.2011.038838)

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Abstract

Innovation is crucial for competitive advantage of firms. The innovation model adopted by open source software projects has therefore attracted the attention of several managers. Consequently, private firms are increasingly supporting open source communities. However, the heterogeneous results obtained by open source software projects call for a deeper understanding of the organisational factors sustaining the innovativeness of these communities. We contribute to fill this gap through a case study that investigates which knowledge networks connecting developers inside open source communities support radical and incremental innovation. Our findings show that two distinguishable network configurations are associated with the two types of innovation. Particularly the presence of a single core of knowledge interaction involving the developers actually implementing the innovative code appears to be a requirement for radical innovation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published: 2011. [2] Published as: International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences, (2011), Vol. 3, (1), pp. 5-25. [3] This paper comes from a Special Issue on Open-Source Innovation for Developing New Business Models. Guest Editors: Professor Sang M. Lee and Professor Silvana Trimi - Vol 3(1), 2011 - International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences.
Uncontrolled Keywords: radical innovation, incremental innovation, open source software, social network analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Centre for Business Network Analysis
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5273

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