Standardization: Tactic or Strategy?

Strategy and Innovation


Goetjaer, Netherlands

Standardization: Tactic or Strategy?

Question, is standardization a strategy or a tactic and why?


R.D. van Rees
Project Manager, Netherlands

Standardization is a Tool Within Strategy

Dear Goetjaer,
I can keep it real simple. A strategy is a tool you use to achieve a goal or multiple goals. Standardization is a tool within a strategy. Standardization is used to make monitoring of a process more easy and is often used by multinational enterprises because of their size.

zarkaoui Rachid
ICT Consultant, France

Standardization: Tactic and Strategy

Standardization should be defined as consolidation of the best practices in a field. There is no standardization without capitalization of know-how. At the operational level, employees enrich the experience of the company or what we call the learning system.
- Standardization is a tactic: the organization learns when doing the business. It means errors are committed during its life. An error should not be repeated twice. Every mistake is a cost for the organization. In other words, it is a mean to reduce costs.
- Standardization is a strategy: standardization responds to a strategy of independency from employees. In this case, employees are the important resource of the company. A key employee can put pressure on the company when he has a rare skill. To be independent, the organization orders its employees to share the knowledge and even to feed the know-how system.

Harp Minhas, United Kingdom

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Manager, France

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Professor, India

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Student (MBA), Malawi

Standardisation is a Tactic and Strategy

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Supply chain Analyst, United Kingdom

Standardization Can Encourage Control of Processes

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Student (University), Cameroon

Innovation and Standardization Priority Issues

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Director, Ethiopia

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