An Empirical Analysis of Development Processes for Anticipatory Standards

52 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2005

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Prasenjit Mitra

Pennsylvania State University

Sandeep Purao

Bentley University

John W. Bagby

Pennsylvania State University

Karthikeyan Umapathy

School of Computing, University of North Florida; The Pennsylvania State University

Sharoda Paul

Pennsylvania State University

Date Written: October 2005

Abstract

There is an evolution in the process used by standards-development organizations (SDOs) and this is changing the prevailing standards development activity (SDA) for information and communications technology(ICT). The process is progressing from traditional SDA modes, typically involving the selection from many candidate, existing alternative components, into the crafting of standards that include a substantial design component (SSDC), or "anticipatory" standards. SSDC require increasingly important roles from organizational players as well as SDOs. Few theoretical frameworks exist to understand these emerging processes. This project conducted archival analysis of SDO documents for a selected subset of web-services (WS) standards taken from publicly available sources including minutes of meetings, proposals, drafts and recommendations. This working paper provides a deeper understanding of SDAs, the roles played by different organizational participants and the compliance with SDO due process requirements emerging from public policy constraints, recent legislation and standards accreditation requirements. This research is influenced by a recent theoretical framework that suggests viewing the new standards-setting processes as a complex interplay among three forces: sense-making, design, and negotiation (DSN). The DSN model provides the framework for measuring SDO progress and therefore understanding future generations of standards development processes. The empirically grounded results are useful foundation for other SDO modeling efforts.

Keywords: antitrust, design, intellectual property rights, negotiation, sense-making, standardization, standards development organizations

Suggested Citation

Mitra, Prasenjit and Purao, Sandeep and Bagby, John W. and Umapathy, Karthikeyan and Paul, Sharoda, An Empirical Analysis of Development Processes for Anticipatory Standards (October 2005). NET Institute Working Paper No. 05-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=850524 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.850524

Prasenjit Mitra (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park, PA 16802
United States

Sandeep Purao

Bentley University ( email )

175 Forest St
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United States

John W. Bagby

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

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Green Ridge, MO MO 65332
United States

Karthikeyan Umapathy

School of Computing, University of North Florida ( email )

4567 St. Johns Bluff Road, South
Jacksonville, FL 32224-2645
United States
904-620-1329 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://karthikeyan.umapathy.com

The Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park, PA 16802
United States

HOME PAGE: http://karthikeyan.umapathy.com/

Sharoda Paul

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

University Park, PA 16802
United States

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