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Between Supply and Demand: Coping with the Impact of Standards Change

Between Supply and Demand: Coping with the Impact of Standards Change
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Author(s): Tineke M. Egyedi (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 16
Source title: Information Communication Technology Standardization for E-Business Sectors: Integrating Supply and Demand Factors
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kai Jakobs (Aachen University, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-320-3.ch012


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There is a continuous pressure for improvement in e-business. Increasing technical possibilities, new forms of outsourcing, the ongoing integration of business processes, the expansion of value chains, the emergence of new markets and new players; they affect the infrastructure and underlying ICT standards. Contrary to the inherent stability one might expect from standards, maintenance of and change in standards are rule rather than exception. The benefit of standards change is sometimes obvious. However, it can also pose severe problems (e.g. heavy switching costs and reduced market transparency). This chapter synthesizes research findings on standards change. A conceptual framework is developed to determine under which circumstances standards change is avoidable; if so, in what manner; and if not, which means exist to reduce the negative impact of change. While some change drivers are innovation- related, others stem from the standardization activity itself. They require distinct coping strategies: change control and quality control, respectively. Along these two lines, the chapter discusses strategies to cope with the impact of standards change.

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