An economic analysis of standards competition: The example of the ISO ODF and OOXML standards
The objective of this paper is to analyze economic efficiency considerations of standards competition, in order to thereby enrich the discussion about the transfer of the ECMA-376-1 (Office Open XML OOXML) standard into the ISO/IEC 29500:2008 standard parallel to the already existing ISO/IEC 26300:2006 (Open Document Format for Office Applications ODF) standard. Based on the available economic literature we identify parameters that need to be considered in the decision for or against a competition between competing standards. The characteristics in the specific case of competition between the ODF and the OOOXML standard clearly justify the decision for two documents standards.
|Keywords||Document formats, Standardization, Standards battle|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2011.02.007, hdl.handle.net/1765/30688|
|Series||ERIM Article Series (EAS)|
Blind, K. (2011). An economic analysis of standards competition: The example of the ISO ODF and OOXML standards. Telecommunications Policy, 35(4), 373–381. doi:10.1016/j.telpol.2011.02.007