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The community developing, implementing, and using 'open source' software for public and private sector organizations continues to grow.  There are now hundreds of sites containing information about the open movement - 'open' software, 'open' access, 'open' data, 'open' standards, 'open' communities, 'open' architecture, ''open' government, and 'open' management.  As we started spending thousands of hours surfing the web searching and looking at all these sites trying to find the 'good' sites - sites that contain useful information; have been around for a while; are high quality, and are regularly updated - we decided to put all those links on our own web site to save others from having to spend a lot of their time repeating the same process. We hope you find this site a useful starting point as you investigate the subject of  'open' management, 'open' leadership, and related topics. Our intention is to continually improve this web site over time.


Peter Groen worked for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for over 30 years. During his federal career, he occupied a number of senior Information Technology (IT) management positions within VA Headquarters and in the field. Mr. Groen continues to write, lecture, and consult, and also serves on the Board of Directors for several public and private sector organizations.

Strategic Advantage

The enthusiasm, zeal, faith, and loyalty of the workers in an organization or collaborative community engaged in creating 'open source' solutions creates an unstoppable force that is difficult to defeat.

If you would like to suggest new material or links to be added to this
web site, please email Peter Groen or Virginia Price

Collaboration, Open Solutions, & Innovation (COSI) Management Strategies

- Collaboration allows one to save time, energy, and money by   cooperating with others; sharing information, knowledge, and resources; and working jointly on projects with other employees, business partners, and even customers.
- Open Solutions facilitate the ability of professionals, organizations, computer systems, and end users or consumers to communicate and freely share information in an open,  interoperable, and transparent way.
- Innovation unleashes the knowledge and applied creativity power of individuals and/or organizations collaborating and working together in an open and transparent manner to significantly improve business processes, reduce costs, and improve the quality of end products.

In other words, the three key management strategies of Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI) are interlinked in concept and execution as follows:

Collaboration + Open Solutions = Innovation