Open Source Networks In Industry


Paul B. de Laat


The open source software movement has grown into a threat for corporate software development. In this article, the ways are explored in which firms try to come to terms with the processes that are characteristic of open source development. It is argued that they have opened up several new kinds of networks that apply open source principles. Unavoidably, these developments touch upon ethical questions. On the one hand, the clash of corporate and hacker work cultures does not turn out to be necessarily counterproductive. On the other, the principles of open source as a movement can be seen to come under severe strain.