Maha Shaikh is an assistant professor at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. She has a PhD in Information Systems from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Maha’s research focus is open source communities, how they coordinate work, their changing governance structures, the role of transparency in both building communities and sustaining them over time, and the nature of how serious work is carried out in online settings. Her report on the total cost of adoption of open source software by the UK public sector was commissioned by the UK Cabinet Office and the OFE organization. This research furthered her interest in the peculiarities of open source adoption in the public sector especially when compared to the growing uptake of open source by the private sector.
Maha’s research interests also span to digital innovation, open innovation activities in companies (opensourcing, crowdsourcing, inner sourcing) and theorizing the nature of digital technology itself with regard to its materiality and capacity to act. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Information Technology, but has also served as reviewer for elite journals in IS and Management like MISQ, ISR, JMIS, JAIS and Organization Science. Maha is co-author of an MIT Press book titled Adopting Open Source Software.
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