Free love, Linux and Leishmaniasis: developing a business model for communitarian innovation

David Brent Francom
2012
T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f U t a h G r a d u a t e S c h o o l STATEMENT OF DISSERTATION APPROVAL The dissertation of David Brent Francom has been approved by the following supervisory committee members: ABSTRACT Through a case study analysis of 19 th and 21 st century communitarian innovation groups, this dissertation develops a business model that promotes innovation without the incentives of monopoly profits provided by patents. Social Utopian communities of the 19 th century and Free and
more » ... Open Source Software development communities share similar contributors' incentives and comparable organizational structures which provides a foundation for a business model that can be transported to other industries, specifically biotechnology. Communitarian innovation groups already exist within the biotechnology sector but have not yet been proven effective or capable of applying the communitarian business model through all stages of research and development. This dissertation provides the business model for communitarian innovation as well as recommendations on how to apply the business model to all stages of biotechnology innovation.
doi:10.26053/0h-d4m5-1c00 fatcat:br6cat2xmvdwdlenpdnmr4jdfm