Title

Alleviating Piracy Through Open Source Strategy: An Exploratory Study of Business Software Firms in China

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2009

Abstract

This paper advances the existing knowledge of anti-piracy strategies by proposing an open source strategy (OS strategy) to alleviate software piracy based on a qualitative, case-based, exploratory study of eight software firms operating in China. The paper shows that the OS strategy is conditionally adoptable, depending on how users are willing to pay for services (market conditions); how critical and complex software is required for upgrading and modifications (software conditions); and how firms can avoid resources overloading and/or shortage (firm conditions). The paper also identifies several new indicators to assess the effectiveness of the OS strategy against piracy. Managerial implications about how to improve business in piracy-ridden environment are discussed.

Document Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1016/j.jsis.2009.10.001

Publisher

Elsevier B.V.

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