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Firm Assets and The Rate of Product Introduction in Open Source Software


Andrea Fosfuri


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Department of Business Administration

Marco S. Giarratana


Department of Management & Technology

Alessandra Luzzi


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Department of Business Administration

July 2005

DRUID Working Paper No. 2005-10

Abstract:     
Drawing on the resource-based theory of the firm, this paper investigates the role played by firm assets both upstream and downstream, in the software and the hardware dimensions, to explain the rate of product introduction in open source software (OSS). Using a selfassembled database of firms that announced releases of OSS products between 1995 and 2003, we find that the rate of product introduction can be explained by a strong position in software technology and downstream market presence in hardware. Firms with consolidated market presence in proprietary software and strong technological competence in hardware are more reluctant to shift to the new paradigm. The fear of cannibalization, the crucial role of absorptive capacity, and complementarities between hardware and software are plausible explanations behind our findings.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: Product Introduction, Open Source Software, Absorptive Capacity

JEL Classification: L86

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Date posted: August 25, 2005  

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Fosfuri, Andrea and Giarratana, Marco S. and Luzzi, Alessandra, Firm Assets and The Rate of Product Introduction in Open Source Software (July 2005). DRUID Working Paper No. 2005-10. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=784945 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.784945

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Andrea Fosfuri (Contact Author)
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Department of Business Administration ( email )
Calle Madrid 126
Getafe, Madrid, Madrid 28903
Spain
Marco S. Giarratana
Department of Management & Technology ( email )
Via Sarfatti, 25
Milan, MI 20136
Italy
HOME PAGE: http://www.mgiarra.eu
Alessandra Luzzi
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Department of Business Administration ( email )
Calle Madrid 126
Getafe, Madrid, Madrid 28903
Spain
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