Last updated August 14, 2006
Open Source Software:
Bridging Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives
Academy of Management
Professional Development Workshop
August 13, 2006


It’s been 15 years since Linux development began, and more than a decade since eight webmasters formed the Apache Group. During that period, dozens of academic papers on free, libre and open source software have been published or presented at conferences. That research has both considered and helped enable the public development, adoption and dissemination of what is most commonly referred to as open source software.

What is the current state of academic research on open source software? This workshop will review key research and opportunities for future research. Featuring leading researchers on open source software, the workshop will suggest how the phenomenon can be studied from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives. Senior scholars will offer advice on how researchers can refine their theoretical contribution and get their work published.

This is part of a two-part professional development workshop to be held prior to the Academy of Management 2006 meeting in Atlanta. The workshop considers open source software from a variety of discplinary perspectives.


  • Joel West, College of Business, San José State University
  • Kevin Crowston, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University


Time Session Participants
10:00 -

10:10 -

Panel: Risks and Rewards of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Open Source Research
10:40 -
Tutorial: Data Sources for OSS Research
  • James Howison, Syracuse University [slides]
10:55 - 11:25 Panel: Getting Your Work Published
11:25 -
Synthesis and conclusions