Are there too Many Consortia?

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Oct 8, 2010 4:43 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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Companies that participate in hundreds of standard setting organizations (SSOs) often bemoan the continuing launch of more and more such organizations. Why, they are wont to ask, are so many new ones being formed all the time? And indeed, the aggregate participation costs for such companies in terms of membership dues and personnel are very high.

Of course, if you read the press releases of the new consortia launched in any given year, you'll see that almost all include some of the same companies among their founding members. So which is the more accurate picture — that there too many consortia, or too few? The best answer to both questions almost certainly is "yes."

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Services in a relatively open and free market Bob_Robertson 8 886 Oct 10, 2010 9:14 AM

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