California Management Review
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by Thierry Rayna, Ludmila Striukova, and Emmanuelle Fauchart
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The ability to commercialise products based on distributed innovation is one of the critical challenges of large-scale open innovation. While this issue has been largely investigated in relation to open-source software (OSS), the literature on strategies of commercialisation of open-source hardware (OSHW) is comparatively scarce, despite OSHW commercialisation being more complex. Based on a multi-method exploratory study, combining interviews and a netnography within the RepRap project, this research shows that in the case of OSHW firms may strategically leverage a ‘grey area’ between closeness and openness to take advantage of OSWH community innovations.