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
Title of host publicationOpen source technology
Subtitle of host publicationconcepts, methodologies, tools, and applications
EditorsKayla Wolfe, Christina Henning
Place of PublicationHershey, Pennsylvania
PublisherInformation Science Reference
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781466672314
ISBN (Print)9781466672307
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Firstly published in International Journal of Open Source Software and Processes (IJOSSP), 5(1), p.50-65, 2014. DOI: 10.4018/ijossp.2014010103


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