Comunicación de la responsabilidad social en el sector del software libre

  1. Jesús García García 1
  2. María Isabel Alonso de Magdaleno 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Oviedo

    Universidad de Oviedo

    Oviedo, España


Universia Business Review

ISSN: 1698-5117

Year of publication: 2014

Issue: 41

Pages: 98-124

Type: Article

More publications in: Universia Business Review


Free software development involves the private creation of knowledge freely available to the whole society. It is a socially responsible activity by organizations that carry out it despite not being included by the information and communication sector in their social responsibility reports. It also generates high economic value in spite of not being held in financial reporting. This paper raises the possibility of sectorial social responsibility reporting; to this end key stakeholders and relevant indicators are identified. Delphi methodology has been used with response from panel members chosen from key players in the free software industry in Spain. Gaining institutional recognition, opening to socially responsible investment and synergies with quality policies are the main advantages for the management of organizations that base their business on free software developments.

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