Who Would Like to Develop ICT Standards?: Insights From Community Survey on ICT Usage

Who Would Like to Develop ICT Standards?: Insights From Community Survey on ICT Usage

Cesare A. F. Riillo (STATEC, Luxembourg & ANEC, Luxembourg)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5320-5.ch001
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Policy makers are promoting standardization activities because standardization can stimulate productivity and growth. To support these policies, a dedicated module of the community survey on ICT usage was designed to investigate the perception of Luxembourgish firms towards ICT standardization. Behaviours and intention of ICT standardization is investigated in two stages. A contingency analysis describes ICT standardization behaviours across industries and size classes. Second, a multivariate analysis identifies the features of firms interested in any area of ICT standardization. The econometric analysis shows that the typical firm that would like to develop ICT standards is active in the service industry, uses standards, is a government supplier, experiences moderate competition, and it is not a leader in its market. Interestingly, large and small firms are equally interested in ICT standardization. Specific policies aiming to provide resources to SMEs that would like but are not active in standardization are particularly advisable.
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The quantitative analysis in this paper is based on a dedicated module in the 2013 wave of the Community survey on ICT usage for Luxembourg (ICT usage 2013). The ICT survey is the official data source for ICT related activities in European Union and Luxembourg. The survey is conducted by the Luxembourgish national statistical office (STATEC). It is representative of the Luxembourgish business economy, including manufacturing and services. The participation to the survey is compulsory. The survey 2013 covers construction industry but does not include financial activities. The ICT usage survey is based on online procedure. The survey is administrated rather on-line or by written questionnaires. Selected firms receive a letter by mail communicating password and login for survey website. Alternatively, the firms can fill and send the questionnaire by mail. The survey collects information on firms’ characteristics (e.g. size), perceived market conditions (e.g. competition) and firms’ use of ICT. The survey consists of two parts: the first part is common to all European Countries; the second part is country-specific. The ICT 2013 for Luxembourg includes a country specific module about ICT standards and standardization. A firm is defined as “engaged” if it is participating in the elaboration of ICT standards in a recognized body (e.g. ISO, CEN CENELEC, ETSI)” or a consortium (e.g. IETF, W3C, OASIS).1 (A detailed list of acronyms is provided in the Appendix.)

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