Entrepreneurial actions and the legitimation of free/open source software services
|Authors:||Marsan, Josianne; Carillo, Kevin; Negoita, Bogdan|
|Abstract:||Free/open source software users were previously responsible for managing the challenges associated with their software themselves. Recently, a new generation of entrepreneurs seized this emerging market opportunity by positioning themselves as service providers for free/open source software users. Conceptualizing such providers as “institutional entrepreneurs,” we find that due to the nature of the free/open source software context, they exhibit a different set of legitimation actions compared with similar efforts in other contexts. Based on our empirical analysis of free/open source software service providers and drawing on prior theory, we identify two entrepreneurial actions aimed at gaining legitimacy specific to the free/open source software context, namely, product-based theorization actions and evangelization actions. We also demonstrate that institutional entrepreneurship is shaped by the nature of free/open source software products and the openness values at the core of the free/open source software movement. Our work hence underscores the importance of the context of institutional entrepreneurship.|
|Document Type:||Article de recherche|
|Issue Date:||23 December 2019|
|Open Access Date:||25 March 2020|
|This document was published in:||Journal of Information Technology, (2019)|
Sage Publications Ltd.
|Collection:||Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture|
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