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The growing complexity and dynamics of services, products, and systems make technical standards and how they develop more critical and relevant for planning, teaching, and research.  It also adds urgency to coverage of strategic implications. This site offers sample teaching modules, and it links standards articles and resources to pressing business topics. It will evolve through its core discussion forum.

This site was launched with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in collaboration with the industry-academic Global Advanced Technology Innovation Consortium (GATIC). Both thank Northwestern University for hosting this site and for their key role in its design.

Explore topics

Find examples of emerging challenges, with links to abstracts and papers showing the impact and contribution of standards. You can also access discussion threads.

Read an overview of our topic areas.

In memorium

July 29, 2014 Michael Radnor, founder and director of Northwestern University’s Center for Technology and Innovation Management (CTIM) and co-founder and chairman of the Global Advanced Technology Innovation Consortium (GATIC), died suddenly from complications following a brain aneurism and surgery. For 50 years he was a world renowned professor in the Kellogg School of Management and researcher in global technology management, intelligence and innovation. Mike also founded, and for 7 years chaired, Kellogg’s Management and Organizations (MORS, previously Organization Behavior) department. Driven by his leadership, vision and boundless energy, GATIC and CTIM pushed industry and faculty to recognize and address emerging strategic areas including standards. While our work will continue, it will never be the same.
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Just as this website was preparing to launch, we learned of the death of Dr. Bruce Harding, a key advisor. Bruce was not only a strong supporter of this initiative; he was a longtime friend to many in the standards arena and innovation arena.  He was Vice President, Standardization and Performance Testing, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME); Immediate Past-Chair, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Committee on Education; Chair, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 10, worldwide standards for Technical Product Documentation for product lifecycle management (PLM.) His expertise in standards development and management 
related to product realization and green manufacturing was woven into his classroom instruction at Purdue University and in research resulting in over 80 scholarly publications. He will be sorely missed.