A Step Towards the Adoption of Standards Within the UK Ministry of Defence

A Step Towards the Adoption of Standards Within the UK Ministry of Defence

Josephine W. Thomas (Loughborough University, UK), Steve Probets (Loughborough University, UK), Ray Dawson (Loughborough University, UK) and Tim King (LSC Group Limited, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/jitsr.2008010103
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Abstract

This article seeks to identify the factors that have impacted the adoption of ISO 10303, the Standard for the Exchange of Product Data (STEP), within the UK Ministry of Defence. The analysis presented in this article is based on Diffusion of Innovation (DOI) Theory and the theory surrounding the Economics of Standards. Using a case study approach, the results indicate that several DOI and economic factors have impacted the adoption of STEP. These findings offer insights into some of the technological, organizational, and environmental influences on standards adoption. It is envisioned that these results will make a contribution towards the body of knowledge surrounding the factors and barriers critical to the adoption of standards like STEP, and enable more effective development and adoption of these standards.

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