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A World of Standards

Nils Brunsson and Bengt Jacobsson


In the modern world, there is no shortage of people who know what is best for others. Self-appointed experts, consultants, and organizations try to convince states, corporations, and individuals that they would be better off if they only followed some specific rules about what to do. These rules are presented as being voluntary and advisory. They are standards, not mandatory directives, and they abound in modern life. Standards may concern what characteristics a telephone should have, how a company should report its financial transactions, how organizations should be managed, how states should ... More

Keywords: standardization, standards, organizations, rules, modern world, policies, global order, social science, states, corporations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256952
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nils Brunsson, author
Stockholm School of Economics; Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (Score)
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Bengt Jacobsson, author
Södertörn University College
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