A Study on the Factors Affecting Diffusion of Open Source Software

공개소프트웨어 도입 및 확산의 영향요인 연구

  • 권문주 (정보통신산업진흥원) ;
  • 박성택 (성균관대학교 경영연구소) ;
  • 김태웅 (성균관대학교 경영전문대학원)
  • Received : 2012.10.30
  • Accepted : 2012.11.30
  • Published : 2012.12.31


OSS(Open source software) pursues the freedom to have access to open source and offers several advantages, over the proprietary software, to enterprises. Based upon Rogers(1995)' innovation-diffusion process, we assume that attributes of innovations includes five characteristics of innovations: relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, trialability, and observability, and that firms' perceptions of these characteristics predict the rate of adoption of OSS. To test this hypothesis, we presents a survey result from 201 companies and institutions concerning the use of OSS. Statistical analysis shows that adoption is highly correlated with each of those characteristics of innovations, but the regression analysis indicates that only compatibility and observability have effects on the adoption of OSS. This implies that intrinsic value of OSS is important, but unless the appropriate service package for improving IT environment is provided, it is not easy to change the perspective of corporate customers more favorable toward OSS use. As a conclusion, the academic and practical implications are also discussed.


Supported by : 방송통신위원회