Reasons for the non-adoption of OpenOffice.org in a data-intensive public administration

  • Philip Huysmans Department of Management Information Systems, University of Antwerp
  • Kris Ven Department of Management Information Systems, University of Antwerp
  • Jan Verelst Philip Huysmans is a doctoral student at the Department of Management Information Systems, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Keywords: adoption, innovation, open source software, information systems innovation

Abstract

Several academic studies have already been conducted to investigate the reasons influencing the adoption of open source desktop software such as Linux and OpenOffice.org. However, few studies have been devoted to determine the reasons for not adopting open source desktop software. In order to address this issue, we present a case study on the Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Economy which considered the use of OpenOffice.org, but eventually decided not to adopt OpenOffice.org as their primary office suite. This decision was to a large degree influenced by the fact that a large number of users within the FPS Economy perform data-intensive tasks such as statistical data analysis and reporting on a daily basis. Notwithstanding the fact that several reasons were actually in favor of the migration, we have identified several barriers that may discourage the use of OpenOffice.org in similar environments.

Author Biographies

Philip Huysmans, Department of Management Information Systems, University of Antwerp
Philip Huysmans is a doctoral student at the Department of Management Information Systems, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Kris Ven, Department of Management Information Systems, University of Antwerp
Kris Ven is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Management Information Systems, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Jan Verelst, Philip Huysmans is a doctoral student at the Department of Management Information Systems, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Jan Verelst is an associate professor at the Department of Management Information Systems and an executive professor in the Management School at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Published
2008-10-11
How to Cite
Huysmans, P., Ven, K., & Verelst, J. (2008). Reasons for the non-adoption of OpenOffice.org in a data-intensive public administration. First Monday, 13(10). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v13i10.2238