The Third Design Space: A postcolonial perspective on corporate engagement with open source software communities

Kenneth E. Kendall, Julie E. Kendall, Matt Germonprez, Lars Mathiassen
2019 Information Systems Journal  
Corporations increasingly engage with open source software communities in the co-creation of software. This collaboration between corporate professionals and open source software community members is strikingly different from the early days of software development where forprofit firms attempted to dominate and control the industry while attempting to throttle the success of independent developers offering an alternative, open source option. /journal/isj 1 software with results and methods that
more » ... represent a distinct departure from the competitive and proprietary past, even creating innovative artefacts that could not have been created without the Third Design Space. K E Y W O R D S metaphor, open source software, postcolonialism, software development, Third Design Space, third space 1 | INTRODUCTION Software development has evolved since Raymond, in 1999, unsettled the field by presenting two metaphors of the open source world, the cathedral and the bazaar. We can therefore no longer rely on Raymond's depiction to explain differences between the top-down, "no beta released before its time" approach common to most commercial software development and the bottom-up, "release early and often" approach to developing open source software. In 2 | OPEN SOURCE DEVELOPMENT Next, we examine the literature on open source development, spanning nearly two decades. We first present community-centric views and corporate-centric views of open source development, followed by collaborative views of corporate-communal engagements.
doi:10.1111/isj.12270 fatcat:sx7gvd5wlvhfpjp27j4djtf4zi