The Dynamics of Standardisation: Three Perspectives on Standards in Organisation Studies
Organization Studies, Vol. 33, No. 5-6, pp. 613-633
42 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 24, 2012
This article suggests that when the phenomenon of standards and standardisation is examined from the perspective of organisation studies three aspects stand out: the standardisation of organisations, standardisation by organisations, and standardisation as (a form of) organisation. Following a comprehensive overview of existing research in these three areas, we argue that the dynamic aspects of standardisation are underrepresented in the scholarly discourse. Furthermore, we identify the main types of tension associated with standardisation and the dynamics they generate in each of those three areas, and show that, while standards and standardisation are typically associated with stability and sameness, they are essentially a dynamic phenomenon. The article highlights the contributions of this special issue to the topic of standards as a dynamic phenomenon in organisation studies and makes suggestions for future research.
Keywords: standards, standardization, regulation, dynamics of standards
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