The Standards Edge: Collaborative Advantage™

The Standards Edge: Collaborative Advantage will contain articles that examine how collaborative advantage can be achieved through modification of current legal, economic, and political infrastructures. Standardization, which can facilitate collaboration and simplify such challenges as trade requirements, can serve as the tool that helps to meet this goal. However, it cannot do so without openness. This book will examine topics such as:

  • How do national policies impact the abilities of countries and regions to participate in standardization and global trade? How should those policies be changed to gain collaborative advantage?
  • What role does openness play in facilitating collaboration? How can openness be guaranteed?
  • What are the realities and myths of the current standardization system?
  • How can standardization be restructured to support the needs of our changing economic and business environment?
  • What strategies are most effective for gaining collaborative advantage at a business, industry, national, and international level?
  • How can and should businesses, governments, and even consumers adapt to a dynamic global market?
  • How should standardization change to support the evolution of a nation’s industrial focus and policy from agricultural, to industrial, to intellectual?
  • What are potential solutions for such challenges as intellectual property ownership, competition, and technical barriers to trade?

Ultimately, this book looks at standardization as a collaborative tool that can strengthen economic growth and benefit society. Authors from government, industry, standards setting organizations, academia, and the legal community provide insight into these questions. In 2007, this valuable book, covering but also expanding beyond the conference topics, will be distributed to conference participants and key decision-makers throughout the world.

About The Standards Edge™ Series
The Standards Edge™ series is designed to tackle the latest technological and standards issues and their impact on business. The series includes articles from:

  • Numerous Global 500 organizations, including AT&T, Nortel Networks, BT, Hewlett Packard, Oracle Mitsubishi, Microsoft, General Motors, and Sun Microsystems
  • Senior government representatives in the US Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Union, China’s Ministry of Commerce, and Japan’s Ministry of Economics, Trade, and Industry, among others
  • Standards setting organization such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), British Standards Institution (BSI), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and Object Management Group (OMG)
  • Leading educational institutions such as the Stanford University, Georgetown University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Colorado, Delft University of Technology, the University of Oslo, and the University of Helsinki

Previous volumes in the series include:
The Standard Edge
The Standards Edge: Dynamic Tension
The Standards Edge: Open Season
The Standards Edge: Future Generation
The Standards Edge: Golden Mean (forthcoming end of Summer 2006)
The Standards Edge: Unifier or Divider? (forthcoming Winter 2006)
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