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The Impact of International Management Standards on Academic Research

by Anna Pohle 1,2,*, Knut Blind 1,3 and Dmitry Neustroev 2
Faculty of Economics and Management, Berlin University of Technology, Berlin 10587, Germany
Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, Leipzig 04109, Germany
Fraunhofer Institute of Open Communication Systems FOKUS, Berlin 10589, Germany
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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4656;
Received: 29 September 2018 / Revised: 30 November 2018 / Accepted: 2 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quality Management and Sustainable Development)
Management standards serve as an effective knowledge diffusion channel, considering that they offer comprehensive scientific and practical knowledge for many different stakeholders. This research aims to study the potential of management standards to diffuse knowledge, especially within the scientific community. Therefore, it analyzes the relationship between management standards and the academic literature. It focuses on international management standards, namely ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 and their ‘European counterparts’ EMAS and the EFQM Excellence model. We tested whether scientific publications, which address these international and European management standards, are more likely to lead to follow-up research than comparable scientific publications measured by the impact on average forward citations. Hence, we applied a negative binominal regression model on bibliometric data. Findings show that publications addressing ISO 14001 alone or in combination with other standards lead to higher average forward citations than the comparison group. In conclusion, international management standards foster the academic research progress of the topics addressed by the respective standard. Our research implies the importance of monitoring standards for the scientific community and suggests Standard Setting Organizations to foster actively the research progress. View Full-Text
Keywords: scientific publications; standardization; knowledge diffusion; ISO 14001; ISO 9001; EMAS; EFQM scientific publications; standardization; knowledge diffusion; ISO 14001; ISO 9001; EMAS; EFQM
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Pohle, A.; Blind, K.; Neustroev, D. The Impact of International Management Standards on Academic Research. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4656.

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