the paper that emerged out of my dissertation introduces the idea of permeable development, here is the abstract:
To innovate, users collaborate across organizations (communities). The collaborative efforts tend to be long-term and impact the organization of communities at the level of the industry. Permeable development describes the activities of technology development across two or more organizations by and through the user. The rationale for long-term collaboration informs an emerging theory of community boundaries, which seem to be influenced by the perception of technological uncertainty, the access to tacit knowledge and the distribution of coordination costs. This study explores collaborative activities of software users and developers across a sample of three Free software communities and contributes to the literature on user innovation by identifying permeable development as a widely-applied and relevant mode of innovating, and to the literature on organization boundaries by extending the analysis to freely available knowledge such as Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS).