How E-Entrepreneurs Operate in the Context of Open Source Software

How E-Entrepreneurs Operate in the Context of Open Source Software

Ambika Zutshi (Deakin University, Australia), Samar Zutshi (Monash University, Australia) and Amrik Sohal (Monash University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-060-8.ch150
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Abstract

The Internet has become an integral part of our everyday lives and it is often difficult to imagine how we ever functioned without it. This chapter presents experiences of two entrepreneurial companies, one of which has survived the ‘dot-com bubble burst.’ The chapter identifies current and future online business environments especially in light of open source software (OSS) being accepted globally. Unlike proprietary software (such as Windows), OSS comes with its internal implementation details (source code) visible both to its developers and users, along with the freedom to change and redistribute this source. The significant implications of this unique style of software distribution for e-entrepreneurs are examined. Having a flexible strategic plan; possessing management skills; providing excellent service; and having patience are some of the recommendations provided by interviewed eentrepreneurs. When made part of the decisionmaking process, these recommendations would enhance current and future e-entrepreneurs in sustaining their business.

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