STANDARDIZATION AS COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: THE EXTENT OF AUSTRIAN SMES IN STANDARDIZATION PROCESSES

Titel in Übersetzung: Standardisierung als Wettbewerbsvorteil: Das Beteiligungsausmaß von österreichischen KMUs an Standardisierungsprozessen

Doris Handhofer, Alfred Radauer, Lukas Landstätter

Publikation: KonferenzbeitragPapierBegutachtung

Abstract

Standardization – the development of standards in/with organizations like DIN, ISO or Austrian Standards – plays a crucial role for modern industries and fostering innovation, yet the extent of participation by SMEs might remain concerning. According to literature, participation in standardization can be both beneficial and challenging for SMEs. While standards level the playing field and facilitate innovation and market access, SMEs often face barriers in standardization processes, due to lack of resources (human, time, financial, expertise) and lack of awareness of the advantages of participating.
In this explorative study, the SME participation in standardization processes in Austria is analyzed by using existing data and expert interviews. We find that Austrian SMEs participation varies by industry and activity/technology field. SMEs with a technical background in the broader sense, such as in the construction industry, are involved in standardization to a higher extent, but face the challenge that the experts participating for them in standardization fora are ageing and a new generation is missing. The development of service standards seems to be less popular with Austrian SMEs. With varying opinions regarding the extent to which Austrian SMEs participate in standards development, a differentiated view regarding this topic seems necessary.
Titel in ÜbersetzungStandardisierung als Wettbewerbsvorteil: Das Beteiligungsausmaß von österreichischen KMUs an Standardisierungsprozessen
OriginalspracheEnglisch
PublikationsstatusEingereicht - 18 Apr. 2024
Veranstaltung17. Forschungsforum der Österreichischen Fachhochschulen -
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Konferenz

Konferenz17. Forschungsforum der Österreichischen Fachhochschulen
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Schlagwörter

  • SMEs, small and medium-sized enterprises, standardization, Austria, participation, involvement, and variations thereof.

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