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Title: Quality management standards, institutionalization and organizational implications : a longitudinal analysis
Authors: Lo, CKY 
Yeung, ACL 
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Source: International journal of production economics, June 2018, v. 200, p. 231-239
Abstract: We explore longitudinally how the institutionalization of quality management standards would lead to paradoxical performance implications. Specifically, we examine the organizational consequences of ISO 9000 adoption when the standard was increasingly institutionalized in the manufacturing industry in the early years. Based on hierarchical linear modeling of panel data of manufacturing firms, we find that the sales revenues of ISO 9000 certified firms increased steadily when the standard is increasingly institutionalized. However, operational efficiency significantly deteriorates at the same time, so as the shareholder value (measured by Tobin's q). We further reveal that the institutionalization of ISO 9000 leads to higher CEO compensation, despite deteriorating operational efficiency. We argue that when process systems like ISO 9000 are institutionalized, they lead to certain negative consequences. To make management standards less susceptible to institutional forces, we believe that a fact-based, result-oriented approach in the implementation should be stressed.
Keywords: Institutional theory
Quality management
Sales revenue
Operational efficiency
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: International journal of production economics 
ISSN: 0925-5273
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2018.03.028
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
© 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
The following publication Lo, C. K. Y., & Yeung, A. C. L. (2018). Quality management standards, institutionalization and organizational implications: A longitudinal analysis. International Journal of Production Economics, 200, 231-239 is available at
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