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

Bredillet, Christophe (2002) Genesis and role of standards : theoretical foundations and socio-economical model for the construction and use of standards. In International Research Network for Organizing by Projects-IRNOP 5, 28 – 31 May 2002, Erasmus University, Renesse, The Netherlands.


A key issue for the economic development and for performance of organizations is the existence of standards. As their definitions and control are source of power, it seems to be important to understand the concept and to wonder about the representations authorized by the concept which give their direction and their legitimacy. The difficulties of classical microeconomics of establishing a theory of standardisation compatible with its fundamental axiomatic are underlined. We propose to reconsider the problem by carrying out the opposite way: to question the theoretical base, by reformulating assumptions on the autonomy of the choice of the actors. The theory of conventions will offer us both a theoretical framework and tools, enabling us to understand the systemic dimension and dynamic structure of standards seen as special case of conventions. This work aims thus to provide a sound basis and promote a better consciousness in the development of global project management standards, aiming also to underline 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: 49498
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: project management, standard, convention theory
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 2002 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2012 00:28
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 05:26

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