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Bentley Provost Seminar Series Explores Open Source Software Development

March 18, 2004

WALTHAM, Mass. - As part of its emphasis on promoting practical research that addresses current and future issues in the world of business and society more generally, the 2003-2004 Provost Seminar Series at Bentley continues with a lecture by Georg von Krogh entitled "Open source software development and the private-collective innovation model." An expert in software and innovation, von Krogh is among several internationally recognized professionals and researchers invited to Bentley this year to discuss topics for scholars and practitioners dedicated to a transdisciplinary treatment of key issues in the modern world. The seminar will be held on April 23 in the LaCava Campus Center at Bentley. The program is free and open to the public.



Dr von Krogh will investigate the model of innovation behind open source software, examine the implications for practice and provide directions for future research. "Most innovation today is private. The manufacturer develops and markets technology, and expects appropriate returns from the innovation," he says. "This requires a regime of intellectual property protection. Conversely, open source software is developed in communities of software programmers, and is freely shared. Free and open source licenses guarantee the rights of future users to use, inspect, modify, and redistribute source code for free."



Georg F. von Krogh is professor of Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a member of the board of directors of its Institute of Management. He studied engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology where he graduated in 1986. In 1990 he received his PhD from the division of organization and work science at University of Trondheim. Previously, he was an associate professor of strategy at the Norwegian School of Management and director of the School's MSc Program in International Strategy and Marketing. He has held teaching positions at SDA Bocconi, Milan, Italy, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK and Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan. His present research interests are in the area of strategic management; cooperative strategies; strategic processes including organizational learning, knowledge and competence development; strategic management practices in emerging industries; the foundations of qualitative research in the field of strategy.



The seminar will be held on Friday, April 23, 2004 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the LaCava Campus Center, Danielson AB, immediately followed by a reception. The event is free but pre-registration is requested. RSVP for the seminar and reception to Diane Whelan, Office of the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at (phone) 781.891.2471 or email:



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