Standardization Of The International Organization For Standardization

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ISO Created in 1947, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) hoped to bring standardization to a chaotic system of manufacturing. ISO intends to help standardize the quality and safety of products bought and sold between two companies, either domestic or abroad. In fact, Heizer & Render (2014) stated “the move towards global supply chains has placed so much emphasis on quality that the world has united around a single quality standard, ISO 9000” (p. 210). Its guiding principles are to ensure quality and safety starting at the top of management within any given organization all the way through supplier relationships. ISO’s mission to ensure accurate record keeping and detailed documentation started with the collaboration…show more content…
ISO compliance has become the gold standard for businesses. It is like wearing a badge of honor that proclaims any company that wears it will ensure a minimum level of quality and safety for its entire product line. Before the onset of ISO, quality between companies was difficult to maintain as so many companies in different countries had varying degrees of quality control. A million certificates earned, in 178 countries worldwide, demonstrates the impact of ISO on global trade. The Benefits of International Standardization? Corporations that wish to become global manufacturers, such as Boeing or Lockheed Martin, may be wary of quality control and safety practices of a company it has never done business with. For operations managers, it should be important to deliver safe and quality products as well as receive the same level of product from other companies (Heizer & Render, 2014). ISO did not exist pre 1947; therefore, trading between companies posed a risk of poor quality goods. Without global standardization, one company’s definition of quality may be vastly different than another. The formation of ISO and its standardization has created a certain level of confidence in global commerce. A company can pledge its commitment to quality and safety by earning an ISO certification. Consequently, fewer quality issues will result in increased productivity. According to ISO, it helps companies gain access new markets, level the
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