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International Journal of Technology
Year : 2019, Volume : 9, Issue : 1
First page : ( 15) Last page : ( 19)
Print ISSN : 2231-3907. Online ISSN : 2231-3915.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2231-3915.2019.00005.1

Open Source Software-A Way to Freedom or Benefit (A Libertarian View Vs. Corporate View)

Ahmad Rizwan1,*

School of Professional Studies, Columbia University, 203 Lewisohn Hall, 2970 Broadway MC4119, New York NY, 10027, USA

1London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Management, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, UK

*Corresponding Author E-mail: ra2770@columbia.edu

Online published on 24 February, 2020.


This is a critical literature review of the open source software landscape and what purpose it aims to serve by accelerating a debate in the field of IS about what open source means and how it has transformed the social and economic landscape of software industry. As the general population has developed an increased dependence on information technology, the necessity for quality software offerings has also increased. The paper attempts to present, interpret and compare the two contrasting theories of the open source landscape-the libertarian view vs. the corporate view. Subsequently, it aims to delve into the battle of these two conflicting theories and what their interpretations present from the perspective of socially embedded lens-freedom or benefit (profit). The paper will examine the differing opinions and dichotomy of the scholars from multiple angles and if the juxtaposition of these two theories creates the holistic view of the landscape.



Open Source Software.


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