Between Idealism and Realism: Negotiating the Entrepreneurial Role of the Free and Open-Source Movement in Contemporary Society

The open source movement as a grassroots collaborative effort of volunteer expert programmers and users has developed into a successful business. This research addresses the question how members of the open-source tribe negotiate, resolve, and restate contradictions and tensions that arise from their common practice as successful entrepreneurs. The key findings show how they negotiate identity at the crossroads of Utopian romanticism and activism, pragmatic agency and skepticism. In an attempt to differentiate their practices from those of “the capitalist market,” discourse merges into a collective imagination of the free and open-source software (F/OSS) movement as a moral entrepreneurial actor.



Citation:

Andrea Hemetsberger (2008) ,"Between Idealism and Realism: Negotiating the Entrepreneurial Role of the Free and Open-Source Movement in Contemporary Society", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 35, eds. Angela Y. Lee and Dilip Soman, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 63-66.

Authors

Andrea Hemetsberger, University of Innsbruck, Austria



Volume

NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 35 | 2008



Share Proceeding

Featured papers

See More

Featured

Speaking ill of Others: When Negatively-Valenced Gossip Fosters Social Connection

Alixandra Barasch, New York University, USA
Jonathan Zev Berman, London Business School, UK
Heeyoung Yoon, New York University, USA

Read More

Featured

Associative versus Relational Processing: The Role of Elaboration in Evaluative Conditioning

Xiaomeng Fan, Northwestern University, USA
Galen V. Bodenhausen, Northwestern University, USA

Read More

Featured

Only "$20 More": Additional Price Framing Increases the Choice of Upgraded Products and Services

Thomas Allard, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
David Hardisty, University of British Columbia, Canada
Dale Griffin, University of British Columbia, Canada

Read More

Engage with Us

Becoming an Association for Consumer Research member is simple. Membership in ACR is relatively inexpensive, but brings significant benefits to its members.