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The Role of Technical Standards in Coordinating the Division of Labour in Complex System Industries

W. Edward Steinmueller

in The Business of Systems Integration

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780199263226
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191718830 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263221.003.0008
The Role of Technical Standards in Coordinating the Division of Labour in Complex System Industries

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Examines alternative theories of the technical compatibility standard‐setting process as a means of co‐ordinating component and sub‐system suppliers in complex product systems industries, particularly those involving software, integrated circuits, and telecommunications. These industries are chosen to illustrate the different influences of the nature and pace of technological change on the choice of institution and the governance process involved in standard‐setting. The focus of existing theories of standards governance on relative institutional efficiency will be contrasted with a theory in which the nature and pace of technical advance have a fundamental influence on institutional design and process.

Keywords: complex products; co‐ordination of innovation; information and communication technology; systems integration; technical standard; technological change

Chapter.  8621 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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