The strategic use of decentralized institutions: exploring certification with the ISO 14001 management standard

Lead author: Andrew King       Year: 2005      

Publication Abstract

In this article, we respond to calls by previous researchers to clarify the function of decentralized institutions by analyzing the strategic motives of individual actors. We investigated an important type of decentralized institution, certified management standards, and theorized that firms use these institutions to reduce problems that might arise with exchange partners that lack information or fear opportunism. We tested this theory using the pattern of certification with the ISO 14001 management standard.


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  • Publication type:

    • Journal article
  • Other authors:

    • Andrew King
    • Michael Lenox
    • Ann Terlaak
  • Countries:

    • North America