Standardization of Information Systems and Technology at Multinational Companies

Standardization of Information Systems and Technology at Multinational Companies

Steven Gordon (Babson College, USA)
Copyright: © 1993 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1993070101
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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to explore how international companies adopt and enforce standards in information systems and technology. Standardization of hardware, software, and data is often perceived to be beneficial for an organization. However, for multinational companies, differences among nations in language and culture, law and regulation, and business practices and climate, among other factors, combine to thwart standardization efforts. This research examines the problems that a number of multinational companies have faced and the solutions they have pursued in attempting to standardize their systems. The lessons learned from these case studies offer a prescription for improving the standardization process.

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