Open Scientific Entrepreneurship

TitleOpen Scientific Entrepreneurship
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
Authorsvon Kortzfleisch, H, Schaarschmidt, M, Magin, P
Refereed DesignationRefereed
Secondary TitleInternational Journal of Open Source Software and Processes
Pagination48 - 66
ISSN Number1942-3934

The objective of this article is to conceptually transfer the concept of open source software (OSS) development to scientific entrepreneurship and to hypothetically discuss the support potentials of this rather new development philosophy for what we than call open scientific entrepreneurship. Therefore, at first the authors will go into conceptual details of scientific entrepreneurship and than of OSS development. Following, the main thrust of the article presents open scientific entrepreneurship from two points of origin: first of all, OSS development as a specific form of scientific e-entrepreneurship and further on potential benefits of opening “traditional” scientific entrepreneurship up by looking at specific action fields. These action fields are theoretically based on the process and competence perspective of scientific entrepreneurship. Finally, the general benefits as well as downsides of the concept of openness are discussed on a generic level. It becomes obvious that there is need for balancing the tensions between an open and closed design pattern for scientific entrepreneurship with a general emphasis on the open design perspective.

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