Overcoming resistance against standardisation - a Philosophical-empirical approach

Henk de Vries, Andries Haverkamp

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Standards may be an advantage for a company but employees often resist them because they feel they are forced to behave in a certain way. This observation can be investigated using the approaches of Foucault and Habermas. Although these theories help to make a diagnosis, they are insufficient in terms of providing a solution to the tension between freedom and control. Dooyeweerd’s philosophy seems to be more promising. We use his insights in a company standardization project. Our approach is feasible not only for understanding resistance against standards but also for overcoming this resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEURAS Proceedings 2011 - Standards for Development
EditorsV.V. Fomin, K. Jakobs
Place of PublicationAachen
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2011

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