Firm self-regulation through international certifiable standards: Determinants of symbolic versus substantive implementation

Petra Christmann, Glen Taylor

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Abstract

International certifiable management standards that have been advocated as a governance mechanism for firm self-regulation of corporate social responsibility issues are effective only if certified firms comply with the requirements of the standards. Our empirical analysis shows that ISO-certified firms in China strategically select their level of compliance depending on customer preferences, customer monitoring, and expected sanctions by customers. Our findings have implications for the effectiveness of a global system of self-regulation based on certifiable standards, research on certifiable standards, and for practicing managers who require suppliers to obtain standard certifications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)863-878
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 14 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

Keywords

  • Firm-self regulation
  • International standards
  • Symbolic adoption

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