Three Decades of Dissemination of ISO 9001 and Two of ISO 14001: Looking Back and Ahead

  • Iñaki Heras-SaizarbitoriaEmail author
  • Olivier Boiral
  • Erlantz Allur
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This introductory chapter contains a general overview and a descriptive analysis of the dissemination of the two main global management system standards or metastandards—the ISO 14001 and the ISO 9001—on an international level. The first two global certifiable management system standards are presented, together with a descriptive analysis of the global dissemination of both. Similarly, insights related to some of the conclusions of the scholarly literature on the subject and a short reference to avenues for further research are also summarized in this chapter.


Management system standards Metastandards Standardization Self-regulation ISO 9001 ISO 14001 Dissemination 



This chapter is a result of a Research Group funded by the Basque Autonomous Government (Grupos de Investigación del Sistema Universitario Vasco; IT1073-16).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iñaki Heras-Saizarbitoria
    • 1
    Email author
  • Olivier Boiral
    • 2
  • Erlantz Allur
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Business ManagementUniversity of the Basque CountrySan SebastianSpain
  2. 2.Department of Management, Faculty of Business AdministrationUniversité LavalQuebec CityCanada

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