In Search of ISO: An Institutional Perspective on the Adoption of International Management Standards

Stanford GSB Research Paper No. 1784

53 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2003

See all articles by Magali A. Delmas

Magali A. Delmas

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Date Written: February 2003

Abstract

This paper analyzes the determinants of the cross-national adoption of the international Environmental Management System standard ISO 14001 using a panel of 102 countries from 1996 to 2000. I use new institutional economics to develop hypotheses on the impact of the institutional environment on the cost of adopting the management standard. I also develop hypotheses using the institutional sociology perspective to address the role of the institutional environment in affecting demand and legitimation processes related to the standard. The results of the statistical analysis show that both rationales of cost minimization and legitimation play a role in the adoption of the standard. Using both theories improves our understanding of institutional forces affecting the early adoption of emerging management standards.

Keywords: International management standards, institutional environment, institutional economics, institutional sociology, environmental management, litigation

JEL Classification: K0, L1, L2, Q2, K32

Suggested Citation

Delmas, Magali A., In Search of ISO: An Institutional Perspective on the Adoption of International Management Standards (February 2003). Stanford GSB Research Paper No. 1784. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=379800 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.379800

Magali A. Delmas (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) ( email )

405 Hilgard Avenue
Box 951361
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

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