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German Standardization Panel (DNP) - report on indicators 2015

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Based on representative data on German companies engaged in standardization, this 2015 indicator report of the German Standardization Panel (DNP) provides information on several aspects of standardization. The contribution of innovations to the competitiveness of businesses as well as to other entrepreneurial dimensions is undisputed. However, the benefits of standardization and the application of standards have not yet been fully recognized as a significant influencing factor – not least due to a lack of empirical investigations in this area. For this reason, the German Standardization Panel was set up in autumn 2011 by the German Society for the Promotion of Research on Standardization (FNS). Annual surveys are carried out to collect data on standardization activities of and the application of standards by companies, which is then used to examine the impact of standardization and standards on various economic and social dimensions. Such a systematic analysis requires reliable, detailed data, particularly which is collected through surveys carried out among the same economic players (persons or companies) on the same topic and over time. So-called panel data is crucial for the exploration of the complex effects of standardization processes and the application of formal and informal standards on business success.

This year, for the first time, DNP data from the 2013 and 2014 surveys can be combined to such a panel. Based on this unique data set, insights are gained into changes in standardization activities and the application of formal and informal standards.

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