Increasing Returns and the Diffusion of Linux in China

IT Professional, Vol. 9, No. 6, 2007

14 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2007

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Nir Kshetri

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Bryan School of Business & Economics

Abstract

The scale of Linux development and deployment in China is large enough to be noticed at the global level. China has a unique combination of institutions, industries and markets that have provided a fertile breeding ground for the generation and use of Linux related innovations. This paper emphasizes on increasing returns as a key element in understanding the diffusion of Linux in China. We analyze three categories of positive or self-reinforcing feedback systems for evidence regarding the effects of increasing returns to scale in the Chinese Linux industry: socio-political, cognitive and economic.

Keywords: China, increasing returns, feedback systems, Linux, institutions

JEL Classification: O33

Suggested Citation

Kshetri, Nir, Increasing Returns and the Diffusion of Linux in China. IT Professional, Vol. 9, No. 6, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1051681

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