Supporting National Standards Bodies to stimulate Education about Standardization

Authors

  • Lucas Catalani Gabriel 1) International Organization for Standardization (ISO), 1214 Vernier, Switzerland; 2) Institute of Sociological Research, University of Geneva, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland
  • Henk J. de Vries Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands
  • Belinda Cleeland International Organization for Standardization (ISO), 1214 Vernier, Switzerland

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18757/jos.2022.6298

Keywords:

Education about Standardization, Standards Development Organizations, National Standards Bodies, ISO, Strategy

Abstract

Standardization is essential for business and society. However, many people remain unaware of this. Education about Standardization (EaS) would be one solution to increase awareness. EaS has been a topic of research for several decades. Literature suggests that National Standards Bodies (NSBs) can play a core role in stimulating EaS – but is this actually the case? This research aims to investigate what NSBs do in stimulating EaS and hear their perspectives on EaS. Based on the literature and insights from experts in the field, a survey was prepared and sent to NSBs. Next, stories behind the data were revealed during in-depth interviews with NSB experts. The results from 90 NSBs all over the world show that they believe there is a need for EaS and most of them have activities in this field. They also share insights about what should be achieved in the following years, potential solutions to reach their objectives, and the future of EaS. This article advances knowledge in the field of EaS, with a focus on the role, actions, and perspectives of NSBs. This work also provides suggestions on how NSBs can foster EaS together with other stakeholders. This is one of the first studies with a focus on NSBs in fostering EaS.

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Published

2022-09-02

How to Cite

Catalani Gabriel, L., de Vries, H. J. ., & Cleeland, B. (2022). Supporting National Standards Bodies to stimulate Education about Standardization . Journal of Standardisation, 1. https://doi.org/10.18757/jos.2022.6298

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