Lund University, Standardisation Research Centre
The Standardisation Research Centre (SRC) promotes and organizes research about standards and the standardisation process. The standardisation of products and services is an important feature of the modern economy. Research has shown that standardisation is related to GDP growth by the reduction of transaction costs and increased market scope. Standardisation increases the competitiveness of both nations and companies and leads to positive welfare effect by the reduction of market inefficiencies. However, the creation of standards can also be associated with anti-competitive actions by companies, and thus warrant attention from policy makers and competition authorities. Hence, increasing our knowledge about standards and standardisation is important for the development of new strategies to meet the challenges of global competition. Hence, the research conducted at SRC aims at building knowledge about the processes that lead to standards, both de facto and de jure standards, as well as understanding the consequences of these standards once in place. These issues are multifaceted by nature, including economic, political, legal, technological, sociological and psychological processes.
While the development and adaptation of new standards often have desirable consequences, key stakeholders face complex decisions in this process. These decisions are far from trivial and require extensive discretion on behalf of decision-makers. For public decision-makers, considerations include the effect on economic growth, competitiveness of national industries, international trade, consumer welfare, and employment rates. For corporate decision-makers, the level of standardisation is an important determinant of competitive strategy, industry and value chain dynamics, innovation, firm size, internal organization and learning.
The research strategy of SRC is to study products and industries subject to different standards to develop a broad understanding of the causes and effects of standardisation. Examples of industrial objects of study are telecom, automotive, food, information technology software and hardware, energy, packaging and other consumer-related products. In addition, the operation of national and international standardisation bodies, which continue to be highly instrumental in the development and upholding of standards, are an important object of study.
Project Title: Standards in the emerging electric vehicle ecosystem
Project Description: A fundamental building block of the ecosystem for electric vehicles is the realization of the charging infrastructure. The charging infrastructure of the electric vehicle ecosystem will depend on the establishment of scale in order to be successful. Thus reaching critical mass and thus enabling network effects in this new ecosystem is likely to play a fundamental role. Realizing network effects will also challenge today's business models and industry boundaries as the automotive and electric utility industry converge into the new ecosystem.
This project aims at studying the role of standards in the emerging electric vehicle ecosystem and the role they play in facilitating the market through network effects, transaction cost reduction and economies of scale. The project will also consider changes in business models and industry structures that arise.
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Department of Informatics | Lund Institute of Economic Research
School of Management and Economics
Box 188, SE-22363 Lund, Sweden