I pulled out an old issue of brand eins which remained still unread in the pile of magazines. If you don’t now this magazine yet and you have some interest in off-beat economics and you can read german - get it.
An article with interview with Don Tapscott on his Wikinomics I found quite interesting. The point -in short - is that openess will make you advance quicker and be more successful. I don’t buy everything he says, but he is right in many aspects.
Take the simple example of open source and closed source. Where do you think hides the worst coding and design? It cannot be generalized of course, but closed source has better to get away bad coding. There are exceptions in any domain, Axis for example (at least the 1.4) is a kludge and some closed source stuff I worked on had been beautifully engineered. Anything has to stand the test of time, thus in an active open source problems will be addressed - if not god-like committers reject these changes.
And here I lost interest in continuing until I found Why giving away your code is not dangerous.