An introduction - The history of standardization

The roots of standardisation can be found in the ancient cultures of China and Mesopotamia, for example. Over the ages, standardisation has further developed and spread around the globe. In this module, we will look at standardisation in ancient times, pre-industrial times, the period of the Industrial Revolution until 1900, the period of the two world wars between 1900¿1945, and the period of 1945¿1970. For the later periods, the description focuses on the emergence of standardisation organisations at the international and national levels.
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ANSI, ASTM, BSI, China, Compatibility standards, Egypt, Greece, History of standardization, IEC, ISA, ISO, ITU, Industrial revolution, International standardization, Markets, Mass production, National Standards Body, National standardization, Standardization organization, Standards, Taylor system, UK

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Language(s):English
AuthorsVu, Tuan Anh
Publisher:Wilfried Hesser, www.pro-norm.de
First published / Last update: 2006 / 2010
Courses:University program level: Master and Bachelor degree; further education material (self studying material) for experts from industry and policy makers China Jiliang University, Hangzhou, PR of China Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, Germany Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia National Economics University, Hanoi, Vietnam University of Moratuwa Katubedda, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka Inklaar Consultants, Hamburg, Germany Title of the course: Standardisation in Companies and Markets