Open Business Models (Latin America) - Phase II

Open business is a different way of doing business related to information, knowledge and culture, in which intellectual property does not play the role of being either the primary incentive or the primary source of remuneration. Open business models include, for example, making content or services available free of charge and producing revenue through associated services that add value to the free content or services. The models under study have emerged from informal cultural industries at the periphery of the region's urban centres. Some government bodies in Brazil have expressed an interest in transforming them into formal enterprises. The challenge will be to do so without disrupting the original model.

This grant will expand the research carried out in Brazil under project 103515 to include other countries such as Argentina and Colombia.

The results are expected to inform public policy aimed at formalizing open business models through partnerships with government.

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Project status


Start Date

Monday, September 15, 2008

End Date

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


24 months

IDRC Officer

Perini, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 849,800


Argentina, South America, Brazil, Colombia, North and Central America


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Ronaldo Lemos


Fundação Getúlio Vargas

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