Our research on Open Source Management deals with aspects of i) emergent opportunities related to open source development, ii) open source business model development, iii) open source governance, and iv) the potential for company-community collaboration.

This page will provide you

  • with information on the research project at the Chair for Strategic Leadership and Global Management, TU Berlin,
  • with contact information of our team members,
  • and with links for additional information from our research area


Dissertation available soon

Dear all

It’s been a while since I had the time to post here. However, I wanted to point out that my own dissertation will be available at the Dr. Kovac Verlag (publisher) in a few weeks. It includes the main results from the studies on business model antecedents, expectations for inter-organizational collaboration and midterm organizational development.

Still all studies are intended to be published in more detail in further outlets in the future.

Best regards

Study on company-community collaboration: sneak preview on the results

As with the study about business model antecedents, we are also preparing the results of our study on company-community collaboration. A first outlook will be send to the study participants these days. Among the main findings are a company-sided search process that is different from what we expected, huge commonalities in mutual expectations, and a confirmation of the governance concept proposed by us.

Upcoming results from our BM antecedents study

Dear all

In 2011 we conducted several studies. One of these was about open source business model antecedents, i.e. what drives the choice of a certain open source business model.
The results are now being prepared for a full paper version. In a nutshell, we can show how internal antecedents differ widely, while external and technical antecedents show a great commonality between the four investigated business model clusters.

Please stay tuned for further updates!

Open Source Software Success

For some years now scholars have tried to measure open source software success. This is very difficult, as the production process is very transparent, but its usage is rather hard to track. Not as much of a surprise many scholars have therefore focused on the production process. Usual measures for the success are the relation between age and community size, number of cvs/svn/etc commits, number of project participants and so on. An example is given by Comino, Manenti and Parisi in Research Policy (2007).

Now, Sen, Singh and Borle are going to publish another study in January 2012 in Decision Support Systems. According to the pre-released abstract they found that projects which are intended for the predominant operating systems (OS) and which are written in one of the most widely used programming languages indeed attract more developers than projects which are designed for hardly used OSs and written in unconventional programming languages. In line with previous findings they re-research the influence of license restrictiveness and community age.

So, let us pass beyond this attempt for measuring project attractiveness. If anyone is out there who has an idea about how to really measure open source success and especially its impact, then I would welcome to discuss that idea!

New article on free-revealing

Schweisfurth, Raasch, and Herstatt have published an article recently, which compares different models of free-revealing in so-called open innovation models. They compare collective invention, user innovation networks, commons-based peer production, crowd sourcing and open-source innovation.


We think that this is a first step towards an overdue differentiation of user centric networks. Too often one can see very different networks, like open innovation, open source, or even social networks to get mixed up just to support researchers’ theories. Thus, we would welcome more articles like this one, to take a deeper look into the matter and especially into the difference that span from individual incentives to organizational objectives.

Update on the SMS conference in November

So, it’s been a while again since I had the time to post on this blog last time. First of all let me give you an update about our conference presentations in November.

We will present two of our studies in the tracks for global strategy and innovation. One of the studies is a literature-based concept for community governance and its implications. The other one is a fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis about the allocation of open source development activities. In short, we have analyzed 44 countries for factors, which may influence their OSS development activity and our results are somewhat surprising, e.g. that we ex ante overestimated the influence of economical welfare.

See you in Miami!

Guest column on OSBR

Due to the kind invitation by Chris McPhee, I had the opportunity to deliver another invitation to our study on open source business model antecedents at OSBR.

Besides this I also want to recommend a visit at OSBR to each interested stakeholder in open source management.

Strategic Management Society Conference

We are happy to announce that two of our contributions have been accepted for the conference of the Strategic Management Society in November.

In the near future we will update our information on this.

My apologies

Please let me apologize that some of the comments have been taken so long for approval. I just had a misconfiguration so that I got no notification of any comments pending for approval. I promise a better comment handling in the future!

Update: And I have to learn about comment spam, as it seems ;)

Invitation to our Open Source Business Model Study

We are happy to announce the start of our survey on the antecedents of open source business model choice. Thus, we want to invite all managers in the field of open source management and business model design to share their experience with us and to participate in our survey.

You can find the survey here.

Thanks for all your support!