Current state of practices in open source product development

Jérémy Bonvoisin, Laetitia Thomas, Robert Mies, Céline Gros, Rainer Stark, Karine Samuel, Roland Jochem, Jean-François Boujut

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Open source innovation is a well-studied phenomenon of the ICT sector, but its evolution towards the field of tangible hardware product development is a newer phenomenon which remains mostly theoretical. Existing literature has identified that to push existing open source product development (OSPD) practice towards the achievement of high quality complex products, methods and tools adapted to this specific organisation of work are needed. The objective of this article is to explore the practices emerging from OSPD communities in order to support the development of appropriate process support in the future. It reports first observations made during a qualitative and comparative empirical study performed with participants of 23 OSPD projects through semi-directed interviews. Activating a formerly published framework, these observations address four themes: the organizational structure of OSPD’s surrounding communities, their design process, their underlying business models and the supporting online tools they use. The preliminary results are delivered to the engineering design and management scientific community as an impulse for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17)
PublisherDesign Society
Number of pages10
VolumeVol 2: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-904670-90-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Engineering Design ICED 2017 - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Aug 201725 Aug 2017

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ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering Design ICED 2017
Abbreviated titleICED 2017


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