Libre Software as an innovation enabler in India experiences of a Bangalorian software SME

Katja Henttonen

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Abstract

Free/Libre and open source software (FLOSS) has been advocated for its presumed capacity to support native software industries in developing countries. It is said to create new spaces for exploration and to lower entry barriers to mature software markets, for example. However, little empirical research has been conducted concerning FLOSS business in a developing country setting and, thus, there is not much evidence to support or refute these claims. This paper presents a business case study conducted in India, a country branded as a ’software powerhouse’ of the developing world. The findings show how FLOSS has opened up significant opportunities for the case company, especially in terms of improving its innovative capability and upgrading in the software value chain. On the other hand, they also highlight some challenges to FLOSS involvement that rise specifically from the Indian context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen Source Systems: Grounding Research
EditorsS.A. Hissam, B. Russo, M.G. de Mendonça Neto, F. Kon
PublisherSpringer
Pages220-234
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-24418-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-24417-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event7th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2011 - Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 6 Oct 20117 Oct 2011

Publication series

SeriesIFIP Advances in Information and Communicatino Technology
Volume365

Conference

Conference7th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2011
Abbreviated titleOSS 2011
CountryBrazil
CitySalvador
Period6/10/117/10/11

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Small and medium-sized enterprises
Software
Open source software
Innovation
Enablers
India
Developing countries
Software business
Developing world
Barriers to entry
Empirical research
Innovative capability
Software industry
Value chain
Business case
Upgrading

Keywords

  • open source
  • innovations
  • software business

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Henttonen, K. (2011). Libre Software as an innovation enabler in India experiences of a Bangalorian software SME. In S. A. Hissam, B. Russo, M. G. de Mendonça Neto, & F. Kon (Eds.), Open Source Systems: Grounding Research (pp. 220-234). Springer. IFIP Advances in Information and Communicatino Technology, Vol.. 365 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-24418-6_15
Henttonen, Katja. / Libre Software as an innovation enabler in India experiences of a Bangalorian software SME. Open Source Systems: Grounding Research. editor / S.A. Hissam ; B. Russo ; M.G. de Mendonça Neto ; F. Kon. Springer, 2011. pp. 220-234 (IFIP Advances in Information and Communicatino Technology, Vol. 365).
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Henttonen, K 2011, Libre Software as an innovation enabler in India experiences of a Bangalorian software SME. in SA Hissam, B Russo, MG de Mendonça Neto & F Kon (eds), Open Source Systems: Grounding Research. Springer, IFIP Advances in Information and Communicatino Technology, vol. 365, pp. 220-234, 7th IFIP WG 2.13 International Conference on Open Source Systems, OSS 2011, Salvador, Brazil, 6/10/11. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-24418-6_15

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Open Source Systems: Grounding Research. ed. / S.A. Hissam; B. Russo; M.G. de Mendonça Neto; F. Kon. Springer, 2011. p. 220-234 (IFIP Advances in Information and Communicatino Technology, Vol. 365).

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Henttonen K. Libre Software as an innovation enabler in India experiences of a Bangalorian software SME. In Hissam SA, Russo B, de Mendonça Neto MG, Kon F, editors, Open Source Systems: Grounding Research. Springer. 2011. p. 220-234. (IFIP Advances in Information and Communicatino Technology, Vol. 365). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-24418-6_15