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Call for Attendees and Proposals: AoM 2024 PDW on Open Source

  • 1.  Call for Attendees and Proposals: AoM 2024 PDW on Open Source

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    2024 AOM PDW

    New Frontiers in Open Source: Implications for Strategy and Organization Research


    Submission Deadline Extended!

    Registration and Submission Deadline: July 21, 2024

    Register at:


    Call for Attendees and Research Proposals

    Please join our cutting-edge PDW on Open-Source Software (OSS), which will be held at the Academy of Management 2024 annual meeting in Chicago (USA). It is not mandatory to submit your work to attend the first two sections of the PDW (keynote speech and panelist presentations). Regardless of your type of participation, please register your attendance through this Google Form [link].

    OSS is reshaping the socio-economic landscape, a fact that has become increasingly clear only recently. From a supply-side aspect, OSS projects are more significant than ever, with for-profit companies (e.g., Microsoft) playing an increasingly active role in OSS. For the European economy alone, companies invested €1 billion in OSS in 2018, and – in the same year – the impact of OSS on the European economy was estimated to be between €65 and €95 billion. From a demand-side aspect, OSS has grown to play new and pervasive roles in contemporary organizations and society (e.g., 96% of commercial codebases include OSS), and its overall value has been estimated to be in the trillions of dollars.

    Despite its growing importance, OSS poses several challenges. For example, measuring the value of a product that transacts at a price of zero with licenses that allow for unlimited copying is challenging. Similarly, it is challenging to manage an organization involving independent individuals and companies with fluid boundaries and where commonmanagerial levers such as formal authority, monetary incentives, and colocation are mostly absent. Despite the challenges, OSS remains an invaluable locus for collaborative innovation, calling for a reassessment of the scope of applicability of extant knowledge.

    This PDW aims to foster a community-level dialogue about the ways in which OSS is challenging the boundary conditions and relevance of existing strategic management theories. By doing so, it seeks to encourage management scholars to critically evaluate and, where needed, innovate upon current theoretical frameworks to better align with thecomplex socio-technical arrangements of OSS.

    The PDW is structured as follows. A keynote presentation by Eric von Hippel from MIT Sloan introduces the PDW. The main segment comprises a 90-minute panel discussion divided into six 15-minute presentations by esteemed academics from various institutions. The panelists include Annamaria Conti from IE Business School, Sherae Daniel from the University of Cincinnati, Stefan Haefliger from Bayes Business School, Helge Klapper from Purdue University, Nataliya L. Wright from Columbia Business School, and Ran Zhuo from the University of Michigan Ross. The final segment is a 50-minute roundtable discussion where organizers and speakers provide developmental feedback on attendees' early-stage projects.

    To stimulate attendees' engagement and help them navigate the varied research interests concerning OSS, we created an awesome-oss-research repository on GitHub. Thanks to the shared effort of the organizers and panelists, the repo contains a hand-curated list of research papers on OSS, mapping the different research questions investigated in the broader management field regarding OSS.


    It is not mandatory to submit your work to attend the first two sections of the PDW (keynote speech and panelist presentations). Regardless of your type of participation, please register your attendance using this Google Form [link]. The registration and submission deadline is July 21, 2024 (23:59 EDT).

    Participants who want to take part in the third component of the PDW are required to submit an extended abstract of no more than two pages, excluding references and any charts, graphs, diagrams (etc.) with a font no smaller than 12-point double-spaced. Please enclose the title, author's names, and institutions in the document (accepted format: .docx or .pdf).

    Due to time constraints, we can only accept a limited number of submissions for roundtable discussion. We will, therefore, select submissions based on their fit with the PDW and quality. We will follow up with a decision regarding the submission by the end of July. Please note that as with all AOM program activities, submitting your application implies a commitment to attend and participate in the breakout sessions if accepted.

    In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at:


    We look forward to seeing you in person at the PDW!


    The Organizers.

    Frank Nagle (Harvard Business School)

    Tony Tong (Leeds School of Business)

    Matteo Devigili (Bayes Business School)

    Matteo Devigili
    PhD Candidate
    Bayes Business School (formerly Cass)