The evaluation of open source software innovativeness


  • Nordine Benkeltoum ULNF, École Centrale de Lille, LM²O Cité Scientifique - BP48 59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq



open source, logiciel libre, innovation, innovation utilisateurs, innovation distribuée, multiméthodologie


Product innovation assessment in software sector is a timely topic. Nevertheless, research on that subject is particularly scant. As a result there is a lack of criteria to measure software innovativeness. In a context of theoretical and practical controversy in the open source field, this article assesses open source software innovativeness. Based on almost 500 cases studies and with the collaboration of 125 experts from industry, services and research fields, it suggests an innovation typology supported by the notion of functional added value. It provides also an innovation modelling framework that combines main evaluation methodologies. By showing the shortcomings of widely used innovation metrics, this research supports a new approach of innovativeness assessment specialized in each sector.

Author Biography

Nordine Benkeltoum, ULNF, École Centrale de Lille, LM²O Cité Scientifique - BP48 59650 Villeneuve d’Ascq

Nordine Benkeltoum, docteur en sciences de gestion, est  maître de conférences en sciences de gestion au Laboratoire de Modélisation et de Management des Organisations (LM²O) de l’École Centrale de Lille. Ses recherches portent sur l'open source et la gestion de l'innovation.


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