Cooperation among competitors in the open-source arena: The case of OpenStack [article]

Jose Teixeira and Salman Mian and Ulla Hytti
2016 arXiv   pre-print
Interorganizational interactions are often complex and paradoxical. In this research, we transcend two management paradoxes: competition versus cooperation and open-source versus proprietary technology development. We follow the OpenStack open-source ecosystem where competing firms cooperate in the joint-development of a cloud infrastructure for big data. We provide a narrative, complemented with social network visualizations, which depicts the evolution of cooperation and competition. Our
more » ... ngs suggest that development transparency and weak intellectual property rights (i.e., characteristics of open-source ecosystems) allow a focal firm to transfer information and resources more easily between multiple alliances.
arXiv:1612.09462v1 fatcat:eg6iqmudlrc6tatdnmdydwnm5a