Linux Initiative

By Marketing Research Team, 3EA
Linux Initiative


The case is about the problem faced by a young enthusiastic faculty member working in university environment. It discusses the hurdles faced in implementing new operating system platform GNU/Linux in the department. Here the author wants to highlight how the frustration and negative feelings related to career and individual development in IT area arising out of working under so many limitations of the University environment, can be channelized to take initiative and be a source of motivation. The case also discusses the practical difficulties in initiating the implementation of new packages in the Information systems area. And out of those initiatives how the development can save lacs of rupees on licensed software and provide an opportunity for the students to work on the cutting edge technology in IT area.

Sector: - Government sector, IT sector
Subject:-Information Systems- Converting the problem as an opportunity and with initiation, reduce the IT implementation cost substantially and offering the students to work on cutting edge technology.

Entrepreneurship Development - converting frustration and negative feelings in to a motivation factor - the quality very much essential to survive for the entrepreneurs

What are the basic governing principles of group decision making? An insight into game theoretic and ethical choice consideration was sought to be gained by stimulating a "game" in which participants had a "considerable" stake. Thirteen MBA part time students were chosen as subjects in this experiential exercise. The students were a mix of entrepreneurs and junior level executives with an average experience of 4.3 years (Range 0-12). The author was their instructor for the course "Organisation Change and Development". The students had been assembled for a "scheduled test but instead the instructor springs a surprise by announcing that they could appropriate and allocate the marks (stake) without taking the test provided (a) They allocated marks as per either of the distributions (constrained choice to prevent consensual booty-distribution approach) displayed on the board and (b) They arrived at the decision by a consensus. After the group fails to arrive at a consensus, the subjects were asked to write down their version of as to why consensus could not be arrived. The author reconstructs the dynamics of group decision making from these narratives as well as from his observations, subjects are then given basic inputs from game theory and John Rawl's theory of justice (egalitarian Approach to Ethics) and are encouraged to derive their own conclusions as to why a consensus could not be arrived.

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Case Study by: Marketing Research Team, 3EA