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OPEN MODELS IN KNOWLEDGE INTENSIVE SECTORS: FREE/OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE AND BEYOND

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CALL FOR PAPER
EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT Conference 2009 - www.euram2009.org
11th -14th May 2009, Liverpool, UK

OPEN MODELS IN KNOWLEDGE INTENSIVE SECTORS: FREE/OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
AND BYOND

DEADLINE: 5 December 2008
SUBMISSION: http://www.euram2009.org/r/submission

TRACK DESCRIPTION
The track focuses on how new collaborative ways of generating,
organising, and managing knowledge are currently affecting production
and innovation processes in knowledge–intensive sectors, We encourage
the submission of papers that investigate both well–known domains of
commons based peer production (e.g., Free/Open Source Software – F/OSS
– development; user generated content production, etc.) and less
studied knowledge-intensive domains, such as scientific and non–
scientific publishing, biotech, pharma, media or entertainment
industries.
Various streams of research have already started to question the
appropriateness of the Free/Open Source approach for non–code related
projects and its effectiveness for production and innovation processes
of other knowledge–intensive sectors. The cooperative/open development
in software is eased by self-moderation: contributions cannot be
arbitrary since the code should be compilable without incurring in
programming mistakes. Also, F/OSS relies on communication and
coordination infrastructures characterized by very low costs. While
some of these features are unique of software, empirical evidence
seems to support the applicability of the open collaborative model
beyond code production. The on–line encyclopedia Wikipedia and the
flourishing of user generated content released under Creative Commons
license; the open movie “Swarm of Angel”; the CAMBIA/BIOS project for
the development of rare diseases drugs, the Liquid Publication
project, a new paradigm for scientific knowledge production,
dissemination and evaluation, are some valuable examples in this
respect.
This track aims at contributing to the research agenda on the economic
and managerial implications of the extension of the Free/Open Source,
peer production paradigm to various sectors by inviting well-crafted
papers contributing original ideas on topics such as (but not limited
to) business models; crowdsourcing and distributed problem-solving;
governance structures; organization of online communities; quality
evaluation; users’ involvement in production and innovation;
organizational practices and institutions enabling the production
process; motivation and incentives, interplay between voluntary
communities and firms.

TRACK CHAIRS

Lorenzo Benussi, TOP-IX and University of Torino, lorenzo.benussi@unito.it

Jean Michel Dalle, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, jean-michel.dalle@upmc.fr

Alessandro Rossi, Università degli Studi di Trento, arossi@cs.unitn.it

Cristina Rossi Lamastra, Politecnico di Milano, cristina1.rossi@polimi.it

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