Committee standards battles in the era of convergence: implications for smart systems

Eom, D., Lee, H. and Kim, D.-h. (2021) Committee standards battles in the era of convergence: implications for smart systems. International Journal of Information Management, 60, 102380. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2021.102380)

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By now, there have been many standards battles fought within the same industry or by multiple industries in the market-based standardization. In these battles, incompatible standards compete to win market dominance. While there is some research on standards battles found within a single committee, competitions in the committee-based standardization between standards from different committees or SDOs are underexplored. This paper categorizes the types of standards battles by the mode of standardization and the heterogeneity of actors. A new type referred to as ‘committee standards battles for converging systems’ is introduced and the dynamics of such battles is explored with two cases. The battle between the electric vehicle charging and the smart meter communication standard and the battle between two different vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication standards are analyzed. The failure in achieving compatibility between different committee standards on the same frequency bands results in communication interference that adversely affects the operation of smart systems. Social incompatibilities between actors and alliances from a mix of industries with vested interests towards a particular standard complicate the battling scene. The findings provide implications in terms of heterogeneity, actors, and government role in standards battles.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the Yonsei University Research Grant of 2020 (2020-22-0167).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kim, Dr Dong-Hyu
Creator Roles:
Kim, D.-h.Investigation, Writing – review and editing
Authors: Eom, D., Lee, H., and Kim, D.-h.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:International Journal of Information Management
ISSN (Online):1873-4707
Published Online:01 July 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Elsevier
First Published:First published in International Journal of Information Management 60:102380
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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