The Dynamics of Standards
- © EE
This book addresses the new field of standards
dynamics. It focuses in particular on the tension between standards
and change. Standards are point of reference and should therefore be
inherently stable (at least to a certain degree). However,
technologies, change at an increasing pace, particulary in the field
of information technology. This requires the development of more
standards and more updates, and leads to increased competition between
standards. In many situations problems arise, such as how to retain
compatibility if standards keep on changing and weather to adopt the
new version. If standards are related, hwo does changing one standard
affect the others? The contributing authors gathered here analyse the
causes and scale of change in order to demonstrate how to prevent,
reduce and cope with its negative impact.
Adressing a number of highly up-todate issues including the sustainability of documents and data, this book will be of great interest to those concerned with innovation, management of technology and the emerging field of standardization studies. In addition, standard-setting organizations and policymakers should be aware of the ambivalence of standards dynamics.
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