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Annotated Bibliography for Books on
Standards, Conformity Assessment & Standardization


The following is an annotated list of books dealing with standards and standardization. The Standards Engineering Society (SES) does not endorse these books. The listing is intended only to be for information. The listing is in chronological order by date of publication with the most recent book appearing first. 

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Standardization and Digital Enclosure: The Privatization of Standards, Knowledge, and Policy in the Age of Global Information Technology by Timothy Schoechle, Information Science Reference, IGI Global, 701 E. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033, March 2009, ISBN-10: 1605663344; ISBN-13: 978-1605663340
Recent trends have shown increasing privatization of standardization activities under various corporations, trade associations, and consortia, raising significant public policy issues about how the public interest may be represented. This book establishes a framework of analysis for public policy discussion and debate. Discussing topics such as social practices and political economic discourse, this book offers an interdisciplinary approach to standardization and privatization for technical, economic, and political researchers and practitioners.

Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Accreditation for Engineers by Robert D. Hunter, CRC Press, 6000Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL  33487, February 2009, ISBN-10: 1439800944; ISBN-13: 978-1439800942

This book is written by a practicing engineer for other engineers as a practical guide to standards, conformity assessment, and accreditation.  It covers a wide variety of subjects beginning with the basic vocabulary for standards work and continuing on through the standards development process, application of standards, management of standards, the economic benefits, and the legal and regulatory implications.  There is discussion about the different types of standards, such as international, regional, and national; traditional voluntary consensus and consortia; industry, government, and company; performance and detail design; and de jure and de facto.  The book also provides the differences between accreditation and certification and between the different conformity assessment mechanisms used in several countries around the world.  


ISO, the International Organization for Standardization: Global Governance through Voluntary Consensus by Craig N. Murphy and Joanne Yates, Routledge Publishers, Taylor & Francis Group, 7625 Empire Drive, Florence, KY  41042-2919, February 2009, ISBN-10: 0415774292;  ISBN-13: 978-0415774291

This book looks at the past, present, and future of ISO.  It explores ISO’s role as a facilitator of essential economic infrastructure and the implication of ISO techniques for a much wider realm of global governance.  The book starts with a detailed discussion of the rationale behind the establishment of ISO, provides a comprehensive analysis of ISO as a powerful force on the way commerce is conducted in a changing and increasingly globalized world, and concludes by looking at the future prospects for ISO.


Standardization Research in Information Technology: New Perspectives by Kai Jacobs, Information Science Reference, IGI Global, 701 E. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033, December 2007, ISBN-10: 1599045613; ISBN-13: 978-1599045610

This book is a collection of articles on the potential of information technology standards to shape, expand, and create markets. It covers such topics as how information technology standards are developed, set, and used, corporate standardization, linguistic qualities of international standards, the role of individuals in standardization, and provides a few case study examples of how information technology standards have influenced markets.


Advanced Topics in Information Technology Standards And Standardization Research by Kai Jacobs, Information Science Reference, IGI Global, 701 E. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033, December 2005, ISBN-10: 159140939X; ISBN-13: 978-1591409397

This book features research findings in all aspects of information technology standardization research. It presents a collection of chapters addressing a variety of aspects related to information technology standards and the setting of standards. This book covers a variety of topics, such as economic aspects of standards, alliances in standardization and the relation between ‘formal’ standards bodies and industry consortia. It also offers a glimpse inside of a working group on standards, as well as a look at applications of standards in different sectors.


The Standards Edge: Future Generation, edited by Sherrie Bolin, Sheridan Books, 100 North Staebler Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, 2005, ISBN-10: 0974864838; ISBN-13: 978-0974864839

This book is collection of 40 articles by standards experts from industry, academia, standards developers, consortia groups, law firms, and government, who provide their views on the future direction of information and communications technology standards. The book explores the need for new models of collaboration among competing and complimentary companies, including standards setting organizations. It looks at standardization as a powerful tool for addressing some of the social, legislative, and technological challenges that lie ahead.  


Standardization Essentials - Principles and Practice by Steven M. Spivak and F. Cecil Brenner, Marcel Dekker, Inc., 270 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, 2001, ISBN 0-8247-8918-0

This book is both a primer and a review of standards and standardization. For a field as vital and pervasive as standardization, there are few books that cover the basic principles and practice, as well as share guidance and practical experiences on the actual workings of standards-developing organizations and standardization. This book begins from first principles of standards and standardization and gives definitions for common terms and descriptions used in this field. It explains how standards are used in international trade, strategic standardization management, quality assurance, purchasing and contractual agreements, and in many other areas.


How Nations Choose Product Standards and Standards Change Nations by Samuel Krislov, University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, 1997, ISBN 0-8229-3969-X.

This book is as much about sociology as it is about standards. It is a fascinating treatise on how different political, economic, and cultural institutions in the U.S., the European Community, the former Eastern bloc, and Japan affect standards development and use in these regions, and then conversely, how standards affect the institutions in these societies. This book is rich in history, detailed examples, and insightful perspectives. It concludes that in the future, national standards will diminish in importance while international standards flourish as the global economy and number of multinational corporations continue to grow.


International Standards Desk Reference: Your Passport to World Markets by Amy Zuckerman, American Management Association, 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, 1997, ISBN 0-8144-0316-6.

This is one of the more comprehensive books dealing with the impact of international standards and certification on U.S. business. It covers a wide array of topics, including information on American, European, and international standards development and implementation; standards organizations; the politics of standards; certification programs, including CE Mark, ECO Audit, ISO 9000, and QS-9000; regulations and opportunities under NAFTA and GATT; and how documentation, restrictions, regulations, and compliance issues affect business. This book offers many real world examples of where standards have promoted global business or have been a barrier.


Standards, Conformity Assessment, and Trade into the 21st Century, National Research Council, National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20418, 1995, ISBN 0-309-05236-X.

This report, prepared by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science and Engineering, examines the relationship between standards, product testing, certification, and world trade, and discusses the roles and responsibilities of government and industry in these areas. In general, this is a critical report that concludes there are serious deficiencies and inefficiencies in U.S. national standards development, testing, certification, and laboratory accreditation, which demand urgent reform at the national level. The report also includes a number of recommendations to promote open trade by removing standards barriers to trade and to better support U.S. exports in world markets.


Standards, Innovation and Competitiveness: The Politics and Economics of Standards in Natural and Technical Environments, edited by Richard Hawkins, Robin Mansell, and Jim Shea, Edward Elgar Publishing Company, Old Post Road, Brookfield, VT 05036, 1995, ISBN 1-85898-037-2.

This is a collection of nineteen papers by authors from seven different countries, which provide a global cross-section of ideas and perspectives about different standards setting processes, public and private sector interest in standardization, the relationship between technology and standardization, and the impact of standards on innovation. For the most part, the papers focus on the areas of the environment, telecommunications, and information technology.


Standards, Strategy, and Policy: Cases and Stories by Peter Grindley, Oxford University Press, 1995, ISBN 0-19-828807-7.

This book examines the relationship between standards, technology, business strategies, and national policies primarily the areas of telecommunications and information technology. By focusing on the videocassette recorder, compact disc, digital audio tape, computer, high-definition television, and telepoint cordless phone, the book is able to provide detailed case studies on market processes associated with standards, why some standards succeed and others fail, and the different business strategies that companies have used to establish standards or compete within a market after the standards have been established.


Global Standards: Building Blocks for the Future, Congress of the United States, Office of Technology Assessment, 1992, available from U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Washington, DC, 20402-9328, ISBN 0-16-036163-X.

This study was requested by the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to assess the effectiveness of the U.S. standards development system, and consider whether the U.S. government should play a greater role in funding international standards development and use of U.S standards in developing countries. In general, the report is critical of the standards setting processes in the U.S. and concludes that there is insufficient support for standards, too much conflict in the standards community, not enough cooperation between the private and public sectors, and a lack of a national vision and policy on standards. The report examines the U.S. standards setting process, and then compares it with the European standards setting processes. It then concludes by assessing the importance of standards in future years in response to a changing political, social, and business environment. The report asserts that standards will become increasingly important in the future due to a global economy, multinational corporations, and the trend towards an information and knowledge-based society.


A Sourcebook of Standards Information - Education, Access and Development, by Steven M. Spivak and Keith A. Winsell, G. K. Hall & Co. 70 Lincoln Street, Boston MA 02111, 1991, ISBN 0-8161-1948-1

This volume is a collection of original articles, reprinted readings, an extensive glossary of standards-related terms and a major new, annotated, and indexed bibliography of North American standardization. It is intended as an introduction to standards information issues and a sourcebook for information specialists and standards professionals. It may also serve as a textbook for specialty courses in library science or information services and other fields.


Standards and Standardization, Basic Principles and Applications by Charles D. Sullivan, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, NY, 1983, ISBN 0-8247-1919-0.

While this book was written in 1983, much of the information is still relevant. It is a short, easy to read primer that provides a brief history on standards; a discussion on the different types of standards; the mechanics of standards development; and a description of some of the major private sector and government standards developing organizations at the time the book was written. There is even a three-page discussion on the Standards Engineering Society.


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