Is Inner Source the Next Stage in the Agile Revolution?

Lorraine Morgan*, Rob Gleasure, Abayomi Baiyere

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Modern business leaders know it is important to be able to work fast, adapt to change, and build on existing solutions. This is especially true of digital business, where the high rate of change creates a continuous stream of new problems and new opportunities. Many have called for business leaders to adopt more ‘agile’ structures and processes that embrace change, transparency, and employee empowerment. Now a new complementary approach called ‘inner source’ is emerging to help address this. Inner source does not only embrace speed and change; it also lays out techniques for globally distributed agile teams to systematically store and reuse solutions in a shared, organization-wide repository. This paper explores this new management concept – where it came from, what it means – and illustrates its value in large organizations. Building on a number of illustrative cases, we explain how certain business leaders have brought the principles and practices of inner source to their respective organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTDIT 2022 : Co-creating for Context in the Transfer and Diffusion of IT
EditorsAmany Elbanna, Shane McLoughlin, Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Brian Donnellan, David Wastell
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2 Oct 2022
ISBN (Print)9783031179679
ISBN (Electronic)9783031179686
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2022
EventIFIP WG 8.6 International Working Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT. TDIT 2022 - Maynooth, Ireland
Duration: 15 Jun 202216 Jun 2022


ConferenceIFIP WG 8.6 International Working Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT. TDIT 2022
Internet address
SeriesIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

Bibliographical note

Published online 2 October 2022.


  • Inner source
  • Agile
  • Adoption

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