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Title: Public firm sponsorship of open source software: A knowledge-based approach to open innovation
Author(s): Lan, Sai
Director of Research: Mahoney, Joseph T.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Mahoney, Joseph T.; Hoetker, Glenn P.
Doctoral Committee Member(s): Miller, Douglas J.; Fang, Eric
Department / Program: Business Administration
Discipline: Business Administration
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Open Innovation Open Source Software Knowledge-based View Absorptive Capacity Capabilities
Abstract: As an emerging innovation paradigm gaining momentum in recent years, the open innovation paradigm is calling for greater theoretical depth and more empirical research. This dissertation proposes that open innovation in the context of open source software sponsorship may be viewed as knowledge strategies of the firm. Hence, this dissertation examines the performance determinants of open innovation through the lens of knowledge-based perspectives. Using event study and regression methodologies, this dissertation found that these open source software sponsorship events can indeed boost the stock market performance of US public firms. In addition, both the knowledge capabilities of the firms and the knowledge profiles of the open source projects they sponsor matter for performance. In terms of firm knowledge capabilities, internet service firms perform better than other firms owing to their advantageous complementary capabilities. Also, strong knowledge exploitation capabilities of the firm are positively associated with performance. In terms of the knowledge profile of sponsored projects, platform projects perform better than component projects. Also, community-originated projects outperform firm-originated projects. Finally, based on these findings, this dissertation discussed the important theoretical implications for the strategic tradeoff between knowledge protection and sharing.
Issue Date: 2011-05-25
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/24068
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 Sai Lan
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-25
Date Deposited: 2011-05
 

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