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Theorizing about Standardization: Integrating Fragments of Process Theory in Light of Telecommunication Standardization Wars

Vladislav Fomin
University of Michigan, USA
Thomas Keil
York University, Canada
Kalle Lyytinen
Case Western Reserve University, USA


Abstract
Standards play an important role within information and communication technology as it becomes networked and complex. No single model has yet been developed to address how successful standards emerge. We propose a dynamic process model of standardization that integrates separate lines of inquiry to standardization activities including Simon's theory of artifact design (D), Weick's concept of sense-making (S) and Latour's concept of negotiation in socio-technical networks (N), and organizes them into a hierarchically organized web of standardization events. We investigate three standardization processes in the telecommunication industry with the D-S-N model to explain the progression of these standardization processes.

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Reference:Fomin, V., Keil, T., Lyytinen, K. (2003). "Theorizing about Standardization: Integrating Fragments of Process Theory in Light of Telecommunication Standardization Wars," Case Western Reserve University, USA . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 3(10). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/3-10
Keywords:Standardization, Technical standard, Sense-making, Socio-technical networks, Design science, Process theory, Process models, Failure, Success
Item Type:Article - Volume 3 Article 10 (2003)
Language:English
Email: Kalle Lyytinen (kalle@case.edu)

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