Entrepreneurial actions and the legitimation of free/open source software services

Auteur(s): Marsan, Josianne; Carillo, Kevin; Negoita, Bogdan
Résumé: 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.
Type de document: Article de recherche
Date de publication: 23 décembre 2019
Date de la mise en libre accès: 25 mars 2020
Version du document: AM
Lien permanent: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/38347
Ce document a été publié dans: Journal of Information Technology, (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1177/0268396219886879
Sage Publications Ltd.
Autre version disponible: 10.1177/0268396219886879
Collection :Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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