'Industrial Legislatures': Consensus Standardization in the Second and Third Industrial Revolutions

Posted: 1 Dec 2009

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Andrew L. Russell

Stevens Institute of Technology - Program in Science & Technology Studies; Johns Hopkins University

Date Written: December 2009

Abstract

My dissertation is a study of standardization in four communications networks: AT&T's monopoly telephone network, the Internet, digital cellular telephone networks, and the World Wide Web. A history of these networks that highlights standardization shows how engineers in industry committees replaced managers in monopoly hierarchies as the stewards of standards for communication networks. By the end of the twentieth century, the new networks - and the new institutions devised to sustain the standardization process - formed the technological and ideological infrastructure of the Third Industrial Revolution.

Suggested Citation

Russell, Andrew L., 'Industrial Legislatures': Consensus Standardization in the Second and Third Industrial Revolutions (December 2009). Enterprise & Society, Vol. 10, Issue 4, pp. 661-674, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1514243 or http://dx.doi.org/khp038

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