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Adopting Open Source SoftwareA Practical Guide$
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Brian Fitzgerald, Jay P. Kesan, Barbara Russo, Maha Shaikh, and Giancarlo Succi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262516358

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262516358.001.0001

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Comparing the Case Studies

Comparing the Case Studies

(p.121) 8 Comparing the Case Studies
Adopting Open Source Software

Brian Fitzgerald

Jay P. Kesan

Barbara Russo

Maha Shaikh

Giancarlo Succi

The MIT Press

This chapter compares the five case studies on the adoption of open source software (OSS) in public organizations, examines whether the adoption of OSS differs from the adoption of software that is not open source, and analyzes the similarities and differences between the five cases. It also describes how each organization attempted to resolve concerns about OSS adoption and identifies the similarities in the secondary adoption process of the five organizations in this study. The chapter highlights the importance of innovation attributes, organizational attributes, and ownership cost in successful OSS adoption.

Keywords:   adoption of OSS, public organizations, secondary adoption, case studies, innovation attributes, organizational attributes, ownership cost

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