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

25 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2012  

Evila Piva

Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

Francesco Rentocchini

Southampton Business School, University of Southampton

Cristina Rossi‐Lamastra

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

Date Written: April 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.

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2025297 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-627X.2012.00356.x

Evila Piva (Contact Author)

Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale ( email )

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32
Milano, 20133
Italy

Francesco Rentocchini

Southampton Business School, University of Southampton ( email )

University Rd.
Southampton SO17 1BJ, Hampshire SO17 1LP
United Kingdom

Cristina Rossi‐Lamastra

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

Via Lambruschini 4C - building 26/A
Milano, 20156
Italy

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