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The Dynamics of Standards


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 whether to adopt the new version. If standards are related, how 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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