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The Role of Independent Professionals and Freelancers in Open Source Software Development and Diffusion

Date & Time:
17:00:00 - 18:30:00,
Tuesday 11 November, 2014


Independent professionals and freelancers represent a sizeable and growing part of the workforce nowadays. At the same time the organization of work is changing. Project-based work is becoming more frequent and outsourcing more widespread. In some sectors, firms are also radically changing the way in which they gather and implement new ideas into products and processes by adopting a form of open innovation. Software-intensive organizations, for instance, increasingly deploy open source software in their products and services. Open source software has been studied intensively by scholars. Surprisingly little is known about the professional status of the contributors to this software, which anyone can modify. Nevertheless there are many indications that freelancers played important roles, which this paper will describe in more detail.

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  • Name: Dr Matthijs den Besten
  • Affiliation: Montpellier Business School
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  • Bio: Dr Matthijs den Besten is assistant professor in Technology and Innovation Management at Montpellier Business School. Prior to moving to Montpellier he worked as research fellow at the Oxford e-Research Centre and at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. His research focuses on how distributed collaborative work can be facilitated online.