Success of open source in developing countries: the case of Iran

Alireza Amrollahi, Mohammad Khansari, Amir Manian

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Open Source approach has been recognized as one of the best methods for software development in developing countries. Previous research however underemphasized different aspects of Open Source Software (OSS) success in context of developing countries compared to western context. In this research the authors use exploratory mixed methodology to study measures of and factors affecting OSS success with emphasize on the social and cultural context of Iran. In the qualitative section of the research 13 interviews with experts of the field have been conducted and the result is reflected in the research model. In the quantitative section, five research hypotheses have been evaluated by using data of 109 Iranian projects from repository. The results indicate that the license type and use of project management tools may affect the success of OSS. The authors finally conclude that OSS research especially in the field of OSS success may lead to different findings in different contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-65
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Open Source Software and Processes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Developing Countries
  • Mixed Method
  • Open Source
  • Open Source License
  • Open Source Project Management Tools
  • Open Source Success


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