International activities of knowledge-intensive small- and medium-sized enterprises: The example of an open source software firm

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dc.contributor.author Pykäläinen, Timo
dc.contributor.author Ojala, Arto
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-21T13:27:37Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-21T13:27:37Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Pykäläinen, T. & Ojala, A. (2009). International activities of knowledge-intensive small- and medium-sized enterprises: The example of an open source software firm. Management Research News, 32 (7), 645-658.
dc.identifier.other TUTKAID_35861
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/36978
dc.description.abstract Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to develop a framework that explains international activities of open source software (OSS) firms. Design/methodology/approach: This paper reviews relevant literature related to international operations of knowledge-intensive firms, especially in the software industry. Theoretical development is based here on a combination of the network approach, international new venture theory and inward–outward internationalization. Findings: The findings in this study suggest that the international activities of OSS firms can be divided into project activities and business activities. Project activities include inward and outward linkages, and partner identification. Business activities include domestic and partner network activities that can lead to international business as well. Research implications: For scholars, the framework provides a new approach to explain many international activities of OSS firms by integrating three international business theories. In addition, it provides good starting point for further empirical examination. Practical implications: The framework helps managers gain a better understanding of complex circumstances embedded into the international activities of OSS firms. With that better understanding, the managers can focus their activities, which helps further to improve their firms' competitiveness engendered by the international activities in the OSS development. Originality/value: The framework developed in this study is believed to be the first serious attempt to provide a deeper theoretical understanding of international activities of OSS firms.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Emerald
dc.relation.ispartof Management Research News
dc.rights © Emerald. This is an electronic final draft version of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in Management Research News by Emerald.
dc.subject.other international business en
dc.subject.other operations management en
dc.subject.other small to medium-sized enterprises en
dc.subject.other system software en
dc.title International activities of knowledge-intensive small- and medium-sized enterprises: The example of an open source software firm
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011111911706
dc.contributor.laitos Tietojenkäsittelytieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Tietotekniikan tutkimusinstituutti (31.12.2009 saakka) fi
jyx.tutka.volyme 32
jyx.tutka.ksname Management Research News
jyx.tutka.mnumber 7
jyx.tutka.pagetopage 645-658
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/01409170910965242
dc.date.updated 2011-11-19T04:30:04Z
dc.description.version Final draft
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed

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