Current state of practices in open source product development

DS 87-2 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 2: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Bonvoisin, Jérémy (1); Thomas, Laetitia (2); Mies, Robert (1); Gros, Céline (2); Stark, Rainer (1); Samuel, Karine (2); Jochem, Roland (1); Boujut, Jean-François (2)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Technische Universität Berlin, Germany; 2: Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Section: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management
Page(s): 111-120
ISBN: 978-1-904670-90-2
ISSN: 2220-4342


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.

Keywords: Open innovation, Open source design, Organisation of product development, Collaborative design


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