Browse Publications Technical Papers 2000-01-5617

How to Involve Younger Members and Non-North Americans in Standards Development - an Imperative for U.S. Business 2000-01-5617

To properly Involve Younger Associates and Non-North Americans in Standards Development, a joint responsibility between companies and SAE is required:
  • Recruit appropriate representatives who represent the diversity of the company.
  • Create an attractive environment in which to work.
  • Lead representatives but do not breathe down their necks.
  • Prepare them properly, including training and mentoring (tagging along).
  • Create attrition plans.
  • Engage in the principles of Strategic Standardization Management.
  • Tie committee work with member company's business, technology and project plans.
  • Make the process more efficient.
  • Facilitate electronic communication and web-based tools.
  • Carefully weigh alternative projects; choose the ones with the highest potential.
  • Recognize the standards development phases.
  • Provide credit (rewards and awards) when credit is earned.
  • Recognize the significant advantages of utilizing committee representatives who are diverse in age, gender, cultural origin and national citizenship.
  • The value of this plan is greater acceptance of standards worldwide, while maintaining a balance of all interests.
  • Remember that the best companies are already doing it.


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