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An exploration of the diffusion dynamics of Open Source Software (OSS): An Agent-Based Computational Economics (ACE) approach


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Despite the rising popularity of Open Source Software (OSS), there is limited understanding of the factors that affect the diffusion of OSS at the organizational level. Review of the literature suggests that previous empirical and analytical studies on this subject matter though valuable in their own respect, either did not address the full spectrum of critical factors in one model or did not investigate the impact of critical factors in enough detail leaving some gaps in the literature. In an effort to bridge these gaps, this dissertation develops a model to (a) jointly investigate the effect of critical variables other than price on the diffusion dynamics of OSS, (b) investigate the effects of social networks or inter-organizational relationships on the diffusion dynamics of OSS, (c) propose a new software price discounting scheme and compare its effectiveness against traditional software price discounting schemes on the diffusion dynamics of OSS. An Agent-Based Computational Economics (ACE) approach is adopted to develop a comprehensive simulation model to investigate the aforementioned research problems. Although, desktop operating system software is used as an exemplar to investigate the diffusion of its open source and proprietary alternatives, the framework proposed in the dissertation is general enough to be applied in the investigation of diffusion of other kinds of software as well.

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Subject
Management;
Information Technology;
Economics;
Information science
Classification
0454: Management
0489: Information Technology
0505: Economics
0723: Information science
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; Applied sciences; Agent-based computational economics; Agent-based modeling; Innovation diffusion; Network-aware pricing; Open source; Open source software; Software; Software pricing
Title
An exploration of the diffusion dynamics of Open Source Software (OSS): An Agent-Based Computational Economics (ACE) approach
Author
Zaffar, Muhammad Adeel
Number of pages
193
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0694
Source
DAI-A 71/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124026336
Advisor
Kumar, Ram L.
Committee member
Kakad, Yogendra P.; Khouja, Moutaz J.; Saydam, Cem; Zhao, Kexin
University/institution
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Department
Information Technology (PhD)
University location
United States -- North Carolina
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3404954
ProQuest document ID
527718712
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/527718712
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