The Impact of Ideology on the Organizational Adoption of Open Source Software

The Impact of Ideology on the Organizational Adoption of Open Source Software

Kris Ven (University of Antwerp, Belgium) and Jan Verelst (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jdm.2008040103
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Abstract

Previous research has shown that the open source movement shares a common ideology. Employees belonging to the open source movement often advocate the use of open source software within their organization. Hence, their belief in the underlying open source software ideology may influence the decision making on the adoption of open source software. This may result in an ideological—rather than pragmatic—decision. A recent study has shown that American organizations are quite pragmatic in their adoption decision. We argue that there may be circumstances in which there is more opportunity for ideological behavior. We therefore investigated the organizational adoption decision in Belgian organizations. Our results indicate that most organizations are pragmatic in their decision making. However, we have found evidence that suggests that the influence of ideology should not be completely disregarded in small organizations.

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