Complex interactions between international standardization and national innovation projects

ICT networks are increasingly international in nature, which makes it difficult for national governments to influence their development and use. The standards on which they run cater to shared international needs, while at the same time the call for customized, local and flexible network technologies is becoming more urgent. Hence, there is a tension between the desire for standards and stability on the one hand and flexibility and adaptation to local preferences on the other hand. This project investigates how national governments deal with this tension and aims at improving the policy-making strategies that can be employed by national governments to intervene in innovation and standardization processes with a strong international dimension.

Research team: Tineke Egyedi (TU Delft) , Eefje Cleophas, Wiebe Bijker
Type of project: NWO