ISO 9000: Is It Worth It?

This work was a group assignment in a doctoral class.  It was peer reviewed and rebutted by another class team.  The original papers were submitted by the doctoral professor and accepted for online publication by the American Society for Quality.  The link has since been deleted. 

Standards play a critical role in our lives every day. Without standards, quality would suffer, safety would be jeopardized, and efficiencies would not be realized. Organizations need standards to communicate, and to conduct business. To promote standardization worldwide, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed standards, so that a common international standard for documentation of quality systems could be applied regardless of culture. ISO standards can be adapted and applied to many different industries because of the broad construct of generically written standards (Foster, 2004). 
In 1987, ISO adopted ISO 9000 as an international standard. Ever since, business analysts and other observers have debated whether it is an "effective" standard and worth pursuing. We believe it is. 
This publication has been peer reviewed.
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American Society for Quality
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Friday, June 15, 2007
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