The Standards Design: A 'New Area for Firms' Competitiveness? An Application to the ISO 14001 Standard

Revue d'Economie Industrielle, Vol. 111, pp. 1-28, 2005

Posted: 11 Jan 2007

See all articles by Gilles Grolleau

Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA

Naoufel Mzoughi

INRA Ecodéveloppement

Abstract

The ISO 14001 standard is an institutional device aiming at reducing transaction costs. Nevertheless, the standard-setting process constitutes a strategic area where several forces interact to influence the redaction in a sense favourable to private interests rather than public interest. The history of the ISO 14001 design enables us to identify several strategic issues embedded in the standard-setting process. Consequently, the overall environmental effectiveness and economic efficiency of the ISO 14001 standard are built in a significant way during the standard-setting stage. Several policy implications are stressed.

Note: Downloadable document is in French.

Keywords: Standards, Environmental management systems, Institutions, History, ISO 14001

JEL Classification: L15, Q59

Suggested Citation

Grolleau, Gilles and Mzoughi, Naoufel, The Standards Design: A 'New Area for Firms' Competitiveness? An Application to the ISO 14001 Standard. Revue d'Economie Industrielle, Vol. 111, pp. 1-28, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956566

Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA ( email )

France

Naoufel Mzoughi (Contact Author)

INRA Ecodéveloppement ( email )

Domaine Saint-Paul - Site Agroparc
Avignon cedex 9, 84914
France

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