Adoption de l’open source pour la conception de systèmes d’information critiques : le cas Thales

Nordine Benkeltoum


Information Systems (IS) literature shows a huge interest for open source technologies as well as from IT (Information Technology) strategies, business models or organization. Nevertheless, research on the application of open source in safety-critical information systems is particularly scant. By means of an exploratory study, this article describes the reasons why Thales, a firm specialized in safety-critical fields (defense, aircraft industry and security), adopted open source software technologies. From a theoretical perspective, this articles relies on the technology, organization, environment (TOE) framework and the literature on technology and innovation adoption. This research suggests a model of barriers and motivations to open source software adoption for safety-critical information systems design. 


Open source software, Innovation adoption, Mission-critical, Safety-critical, TOE.

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