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Genesis and role of standards : theoretical foundations and socio-economical model for the construction and use of standards

Bredillet, Christophe (2003) Genesis and role of standards : theoretical foundations and socio-economical model for the construction and use of standards. International Journal of Project Management, 21(6), pp. 463-470.

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Abstract

A key issue in the economic development and performance of organizations is the existence of standards. Their definition and control are sources of power and it is important to understand their concept, as it gives standards their direction and their legitimacy, and to explore how they are represented and applied. The difficulties posed by classical micro-economics in establishing a theory of standardization that is compatible with its fundamental axiomatic are acknowledged. We propose to reconsider the problem by taking the opposite perspective in questioning its theoretical base and by reformulating assumptions about the independent and autonomous decisions taken by actors. The Theory of Conventions will offer us a theoretical framework and tools enabling us to understand the systemic dimension and dynamic structure of standards. These will be seen as a special case of conventions. This work aims to provide a sound basis and promote a better consciousness in the development of global project management standards. It aims also to emphasize that social construction is not a matter of copyright but a matter of open minds, collective cognitive process and freedom for the common wealth.

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ID Code: 49456
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: micro economics, convention theory, performance, standard, project management, socio-economic, dynamic structure
DOI: 10.1016/S0263-7863(02)00080-7
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Elsevier
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2012 14:41
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2012 07:40

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