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Standards and Public Policy - Shane Greenstein

Standards and Public Policy

By: Shane Greenstein (Editor), Victor Stango (Editor)

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Published: 27th January 2015
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Technological standards are a cornerstone of the modern information economy, affecting firm strategy, market performance and, by extension, economic growth. While there is general agreement that swift movement to superior technological standards is a worthwhile goal, there is much less agreement on the central policy questions: do markets choose efficient standards? How do standards organizations affect the development of standards? And finally, what constitutes appropriate public policy toward standards? In this volume, leading researchers in public policy on standards, including both academics and industry experts, focus on these key questions. Given the dearth of applied work on standards and public policy, this volume significantly advances the frontier of knowledge in this critical but understudied area. It will be essential reading for academic and industrial researchers as well as policymakers.

'Building a better understanding of standards 'wars' is of paramount importance to policy makers and practicing managers alike. This collection of intriguing papers is simultaneously refreshingly pragmatic and academically rigorous - an unusual combination that will ensure this volume becomes a standard reference for years to come.' Rebecca Henderson, Eastman Kodak Professor of Management, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
List of contributorsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Standard setting in markets: the browser warp. 18
Competition through institutional form: the case of cluster tool standardsp. 60
The economic realities of open standards: black, white, and many shades of grayp. 87
Coordination costs and standard setting: lessons from 56K modemsp. 123
Promoting e-business through vertical IS standards: lessons from the US home mortgage industryp. 160
Intellectual property and standardization committee participation in the US modem industryp. 208
Manipulating interface standards as an anticompetitive strategyp. 231
Delay and de jure standardization: exploring the slowdown in Internet standards developmentp. 260
Standardization: a failing paradigmp. 296
Standards battles and public policyp. 329
Switching to digital television: business and public policy issuesp. 345
Should competition policy favor compatibility?p. 372
Indexp. 389
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ISBN: 9780521864503
ISBN-10: 052186450X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 414
Published: 27th January 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.78