[LINK] 'The Business of Free Software'

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Jan 17 10:04:39 AEDT 2007

The Business of Free Software
January 15, 2007

Reports on the following working paper / preprint:

Marco Iansiti and Gregory L. Richards
"The Business of Free Software: Enterprise Incentives, Investment, 
and Motivation in the Open Source Community,"
HBS Working Paper 07-028,

"OSS is a business tool that has been used by a variety of 
corporations for very logical purposes," notes Iansiti. "If you have 
an environment in which part of the service you provide and the 
product you sell can be given away for free, that changes the 
dynamics of the industry. As a company, you will most likely spend 
more time thinking about exactly what to give away and how to couple 
it with complementary products and services than you do anything 

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Visiting Professor in Info Science & Eng  Australian National University
Visiting Professor in the eCommerce Program      University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre      Uni of NSW

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