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Driving forces for standardization at standardization development organizations

: Blind, K.


Applied Economics 34 (2002), pp.1985-1998
ISSN: 0003-6846
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISI ()
Normung; Branche; industrielle Forschung

This paper investigates sector-specific forces for the standardization activities at national standardization organizations. In the first part, theoretical hypotheses concerning sector specific standardization are derived. The empirical test is performed by a two-step procedure. First, based on 19 sectors, these hypotheses are tested empirically for Germany. The results show that R&D-intensive sectors standardize very actively: additionally, intellectual property rights play an important role. Furthermore, standardization increases with concentration of the enterprises up to a certain threshold, where standardization activities decline again. Finally, export-intensive sectors tend to standardize more. Secondly, because of the small data base, these hypotheses are empirically tested in a pool model, an international cross-section approach based on 20 sectors and seven countries. The results are generally in concordance with the findings of Germany. After a summary of the results, recommendations for future standardization practice are given.