Results of a survey on standardization activities: Japanese institutions' standardization activities in 2017 (Implementation, knowledge source, organizational structure, and interest in artificial intelligence)

Author Name TAMURA Suguru (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
Creation Date/NO. August 2019 19-P-013
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First draft: August 2019
Revised: March 2021


This study discusses the results of a survey on standardization activities to provide valuable information on this topic. Currently, standardization is similar to platform formation in that it serves as a firm's central theme for creating a strategy. Furthermore, the management structure of standardization is of interest to understand the organizational structures of firms better. Data from selected Japanese institutions' standardization activities in 2017 are collected using a questionnaire survey. The survey contains three main categories: (1) degree of standardization activities, (2) knowledge sources for standard formation, and (3) organization of standardization activities. Particular focus is on standardization activities with regard to artificial intelligence. To the best of my knowledge, this comprehensive survey related to standardization activities is the first of its kind.