Standards in the SME Sector

Henk de Vries, K Blind, A Mangelsdorf, HHM Verheul, J van der Zwan

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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form a diverse group, ranging from simple crafts manufacturers to innovative high-tech companies. According to the European Union’s definition, these can include one-person firms to 250-strong companies. Many SMEs could derive greater benefit from standardization, although standards are sometimes perceived as a burden rather than an advantage. This article highlights the obstacles that prevent SMEs profiting from standards and standardization and offers solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-5
Number of pages2
JournalFulcrum - Official Bulletin of Standards Association of Zimbabwe
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

An earlier version of this paper was published in ISO Focus+, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 10-13 as New opportunities – Improving SME access to standards.


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