The Role of Social Conventions in the Diffusion of Open Source Software: Implications for Service Industries

The Service Industries Journal, Vol.25, No.6, pp.789-801, September 2005

14 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2010 Last revised: 12 Dec 2012

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Jai-Boem Kim

Sungkyunkwan University

Chong Ju Choi

Australian National University (ANU) - National Graduate School of Management

Tarek Ibrahim Eldomiaty

Date Written: April 6, 2005

Abstract

In information and service products such as open source software, increasing returns occur on the production or supply side, as well as network externalities on the demand side. For open source software, the social community element needs to be integrated with the framework of increasing returns. This paper attempts to show that social conventions, and social herding behaviour are fundamental to the growth of the open source software. Such social conventions legitimise value and provide identification in the global online community and have important implications for service industries in general.

Suggested Citation

Kim, Jai-Boem and Choi, Chong Ju Russell and Eldomiaty, Tarek Ibrahim, The Role of Social Conventions in the Diffusion of Open Source Software: Implications for Service Industries (April 6, 2005). The Service Industries Journal, Vol.25, No.6, pp.789-801, September 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1585468

Jai-Boem Kim

Sungkyunkwan University ( email )

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Chong Ju Russell Choi

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