[svlug] a course on managing open source...

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Mon Jul 18 10:34:03 PDT 2005

Dear list members,

I got a ton of answers for my query! Some on the list, and some offlist. 
I really appreciate all the feedback. The gist of it is that most 
concerns center around the explanation of the mechanism of open source, 
and the licenses that attempt to keep it (in)sane. Then there were some 
comments on the use of case studies to establish what worked in the past 
and what did not.

A bit of a challenge will be to squeeze so much into a semester, given 
that most business school students do not have an inkling as to what 
open source is. Almost a fourth of the semester will go there. 
Nevertheless, it should be fun.

I'll keep you all posted on how it goes.


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

Sameer Verma wrote:

>Dear SVLUG members,
>I will be teaching a course titled "Managing Open Source" at San 
>Francisco State University. This course is being offered as a 
>graduate/undergraduate cross-listed course by the Information Systems 
>department in the College of Business. As the title suggests, the focus 
>of the course will be business-oriented for most part. A proposed course 
>outline is listed at the end of this e-mail.
>I would really appreciate feedback from the community.
>1) What would you like to see in a course like this?
>2) What is the most critically needed area of education that an analyst 
>or manager should get with respect to open source?
>3) Would you expect a course like this to be a "Get the Facts" type or 
>more along the lines of a "We report, you decide" ?
>4) What kind of activities would be more suitable: Hands-on, exams, 
>papers, presentations?
>5) Do you expect such a course to fly in a business curriculum?
>(I am posting this to several lug lists, so bear with me if you see many 
>of these)

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