What are the Impacts of Implementing ISOs on the Competitive of Manufacturing Industry in China?

Yeung, G and Mok, V (2005) What are the Impacts of Implementing ISOs on the Competitive of Manufacturing Industry in China? Journal of World Business, 40 (2). pp. 139-157. ISSN 1090-9516

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Abstract

Based on the proposed ‘PIE’ analytical framework, this paper argues that the preparation, implementation and evaluation of international standards (ISOs) affect the competitiveness of (foreign-financed) export-oriented manufacturing industry in southern and southeastern China, both in the short- and long-term. During the period of preparation, the decision to adopt ISOs is mainly driven by market demand and/or by the decisions of established competitors. Negative effects due to the diversion of scarce resources and institutional resistance to change during the period of transitional implementation are offset by the overall enhancement of the firm's productivity in the long run. ‘Tailoring for the external audit’ and ‘second-best’ practices are two strategies commonly employed by Chinese firms to lower the transaction costs involved in ISO audits.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by Elsevier
Keywords: International standards; ISO; Competitiveness; Manufacturing industry; China
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Godfrey Yeung
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2017 22:14
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/131
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