Coordinating International Standards: The Formation of the ISO

38 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2007

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JoAnne Yates

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Craig N. Murphy

Wellesley College

Date Written: January 2007

Abstract

Standard setting has been among the nuts and bolts of globalizing industrial capitalism since its beginning, assuring that things needing to work together fit from product to product, industry to industry, and country to country. The foci of the first two of the now 229 technical committees of the non-specialized international standards organizations that emerged after the two world wars - the interwar International Standards Association [ISA] and the post-World War II International Organization for Standardization [ISO] - are iconic: Screw Threads and Bolts, Nuts and Accessories. Over the past two decades, voluntary standardization processes, invented by turn-of-the-twentieth-century engineers working in national and international technical committees, have increasingly been applied to issues that have little in common with those of fitting one mechanical part to another, such as work processes (ISO 9000), environmental pollution (ISO 14,000), and human rights (SA 8000 and the planned ISO 26000). This rapidly expanding scope, plus the high visibility of standards in networked areas such as telecommunications, has led to a new scholarly interest in standard setting practices.

Keywords: international standards

Suggested Citation

Yates, JoAnne and Murphy, Craig N., Coordinating International Standards: The Formation of the ISO (January 2007). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4638-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962455 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.962455

JoAnne Yates (Contact Author)

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Craig N. Murphy

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