Open source software research: recent trends and future opportunities

Dr. Donald Wynn of  University of Dayton, will present the School of IT colloquium with a talk entitled, "Open source software research: recent trends and future opportunities".


Open Source Software (OSS) has evolved from its earliest depictions as a platform for hobbyists. It has become a tool for governments, corporations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to collaborate on the development of software projects of varying levels of complexity. Correspondingly, the research on open source has evolved along with the field. The nature of OSS collaboration allows for the transfer of social, symbolic, and knowledge capital across organizational, national, and cultural boundaries. This talk will discuss recent trends and studies concerning open source software, examples of OSS research with which he has participated recently, and opportunities for additional future research.


Dr. Donald Wynn is the Sherman-Standard Register Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at the University of Dayton. He received a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Georgia (USA), as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (with honors) from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to pursuing a PhD, he worked for 15+ years in engineering, telecommunications, and information systems.

Dr. Wynn’s research focus is on projects that bridge the gap between academic theory and innovative Information Systems technologies and practices. This has led him to study a wide range of topics, particularly in open source software, healthcare information technologies, and research methodologies (including Critical Realism). His research is published in journals such as MIS Quarterly, MIS Quarterly Executive, European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, and more. He has also presented at numerous IS conferences and workshops, and published several practitioner articles and white papers for industry. He is part of the editorial board of several journals, including ISJ and the International Journal of Open Source Software and Processes. He is also active in the field, including responsibilities on the conference committees for AMCIS and ICIS in recent years, and as a faculty advisor for the KPMG PhD Project Information Systems Doctoral Students Association

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 - 13:00

Computer Science Lecture Theatre 302 , Computer Science Building, Upper Campus, UCT