Shah Research Cited in "The Financial Times"
phrase "open source" is most frequently associated with
software development, however there are many industries and product
classes characterized by "open-source style" development.
"open source" style development is characterized by distributed
effort and resource sharing among a wide variety of participants,
many of whom contribute their time, skill, and effort voluntarily.
For example, this tradition is strong within the electronics industry:
ham radios, WiFi networks, applications that run on the internet,
and even personal computers themselves, are all examples.
19 article in "The Financial Times" by Elizabeth Biddlecomb
cites research by Sonali Shah, assistant professor of business administration,
on the windsurfing community in Hawaii. Writes Biddlecomb:
instances lead users become manufacturers, commercializing their
peer group's innovations, as is the case with Shah's example of
surfers in Hawaii, while traditional manufacturers have adopted
practices that mimic the behavior of users. But they most often
operate separately from the user community, though some have been
savvy enough to build upon user innovation."
examines the social structures that support innovation and entrepreneurship
as well as the processes underlying the formation of new industries
and product markets. Of particular interest is the process by which
individuals outside of firms and research institutions access the
resources and information needed to develop innovative ideas.
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