The Influence of Risk Factors in Decision-Making Process for Open Source Software Adoption

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM," was a widely used cliché in the 1970s in the corporate IT (information technology) world. Since then, the traditional process of purchasing software has dramatically changed, challenged by the advent of open source software (OSS). Since its inception in the 1980s, OSS has matured, grown, and become one of the important driving forces of the enterprise ecosystem. However, it has also brought important IT security risks that are impacting the OSS IT adoption decision-making process. The recent Heartbleed bug demonstrated the grandeur of the issue. While much of the noise relates to the amplification of perceived risks by the popular mass media coverage, the effect is that many enterprises, mainly for risk reasons, have still chosen not to adopt OSS. We investigated "how do information security related characteristics of OSS affect the risk perception and adoption decision of OSS" by conducting an online survey of 188 IT decision-makers. The proposed Open Source Risk Adoption Model offers novel insights on the importance of the perceived risk antecedents. Our research brings new theoretical contributions, such as understanding the perceived IT security risk (PISR) relationship with adoption intention (AI) in the OSS context, for researchers and important insights for IT information professionals. We have found that IT security risk has a significant role in OSS adoption intention. Our results offer possible future research directions and extend existing theoretical understanding of OSS adoption.
Authors Silic, Mario & Back, Andrea
Research Team IWI3
Projects Silic, Mario & Back, Andrea (2015) Insights into Understanding Employees' Compliance with IT Security Policies in the Shadow IT Context [fundamental research project]
Journal or Publication Title International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making
Language English
Keywords Risk factors, information security, organizational security, open source software, IT risks
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date January 2016
Publisher World Scientific Publishing
Place of Publication Singapore
Volume 15
Number 1
Page Range 151-185
Number of Pages 35
ISSN 0219-6220
ISSN-Digital 1793-6845
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1142/S0219622015500364
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Andrea Back
Date Deposited 19 Jan 2016 09:55
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:26
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/246832

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Silic, Mario & Back, Andrea (2016) The Influence of Risk Factors in Decision-Making Process for Open Source Software Adoption. International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, 15 (1). 151-185. ISSN 0219-6220

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