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Is Open Source Software About Innovation? Collaborations with the Open Source Community and Innovation Performance of Software Entrepreneurial Ventures


Evila Piva


Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

Francesco Rentocchini


University of Trento - Department of Economics; INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Polytechnic of Valencia

Cristina Rossi‐Lamastra


Polytechnic University of Milan - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering

April 2012

Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 50, Issue 2, pp. 340-364, 2012

Abstract:     
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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

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Date posted: March 17, 2012  

Suggested Citation

Piva, Evila and Rentocchini, Francesco and Rossi‐Lamastra, Cristina, Is Open Source Software About Innovation? Collaborations with the Open Source Community and Innovation Performance of Software Entrepreneurial Ventures (April 2012). Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 50, Issue 2, pp. 340-364, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2025297 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-627X.2012.00356.x

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Evila Piva (Contact Author)
Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale ( email )
Italy
Francesco Rentocchini
University of Trento - Department of Economics ( email )
Via Inama 5
Trento, 38100
Italy
HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/francescorentocchini/
INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Polytechnic of Valencia
Camino de Vera s/n, Edif.8E, Univ.Politec.Valencia
Valencia, 46022
Spain
Cristina Rossi‐Lamastra
Politecnico di Milano - Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering
Via Lambruschini 4C - building 26/A
Milano, 20156
Italy
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