Research On Open Source Software (Seminar)


Master course

Units / cycle

3 ECTS / every fall term


Open source software is being used by small and large companies, governments and other organizations in many business-critical systems. Nowadays there are approximately 1 million open source projects on the software market being developed and maintained by unpaid individuals as well as professional software companies and industry players. Research about technical aspects of open source software, business models, management and governance practices as well as community dynamics and contributor's motivations is abundant.

In this three day course master students of information systems get an introduction into current research about open source, read and present academic papers on open source, and write an own research proposal, conference submission or working paper about a specific topic of their interest. This may cover issues about open source in automotive industry, reuse of open source components, business models with open source, inner source development within pharma and many more.

Learning objectives

Participants get an overview of present research on open source software.
Participants understand the sources of data within open source projects and learn how to analyse them scientifically.
Participants learn how to use appropriate theory and methodology to develop an individual research paper.


Dr. Matthias Stürmer, Prof. Dr. Thomas Myrach


Room 111, Engehaldenstrasse 8, Bern

Time / dates

Introduction to research on open source software, selection of papers by students
Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 14h - 17h

Paper presentations by students and discussion of new research questions and topics
Tuesday, 3. November 2015, 9h - 17h

Presentation of research proposals and working papers by students
Tuesday, 15. Dezember 2015, 9h - 17h




Written research proposal and working paper
Participation in discussions during the course