Open Source Development of Tangible Products - from a business perspective

Asta S. Fjeldsted, Gudrun Adalsteinsdottir, Thomas J. Howard, Tim C. McAloone

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This article’s objective is to set up some foundational theory and practices for Open Source Development (OSD) of tangible products, a novel and emerging approach derived from the well-known open source software movement. As a contribution to the first steps of research in this discipline a clear definition for OSD is proposed and used to describe the key elements of a suggested OSD Process model. Several case studies are analysed to create an Archetypal Business Model characterising OSD of tangible products and the possibilities and delimitations within. Furthermore, strategic tools are suggested for companies that wish to explore the potentials OSD brings which form a so called OSD Method. The result of the method is the OSD Strategy and implementation thereof. This is done with the objective of determining the potential profitability that lies within OSD of tangible products and how companies can utilise this new approach to improve their business models and capture value in innovative ways.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventNordDesign 2012 - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 22 Aug 201224 Aug 2012


ConferenceNordDesign 2012
LocationAalborg University


  • Open source development
  • Open
  • Open source hardware
  • Platforms
  • Business models
  • Communities
  • Innovation
  • PD methods
  • Design
  • Engineering design
  • Product development
  • Teaching
  • Research based learning
  • Learning based teaching


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    Tim C. McAloone (Participant)

    22 Aug 201224 Aug 2012

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