Achieving Consensus Despite Opposing Stakes: A Case Of National Input For An ISO Standard On Sustainable Wood

Henk de Vries, Beke Winter, Harmen Willemse

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Abstract

Decision-making in many standardization committees is consensus-based, but this can be difficult to achieve if stakeholders have conflicting interests. This article develops an approach to consensus-building in standardization by applying the Harvard method of negotiation to standardization. The authors apply this method in a single case study using action research. The case concerns the first meeting of a national standardization committee aimed at preparing national input for a new ISO standard on sustainable wood. Some stakeholders were in favor of a new standard, others opposed it strongly. Consensus was achieved during the first meeting by adopting the Harvard method and by adding a role play exercise. This outcome is promising for similar standardization cases. Both topic and research method are new in standardization research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)29-47
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Standardization Research
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Action reserach
  • Chain of custody
  • Consensus
  • Forestry
  • FSC
  • ISO
  • PEFC
  • Role-playing
  • Standards development

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