This paper applies Latour’s 1992 translation map as a device to explore the development of and recent conflict between two data standards for the exchange of business information – EDIFACT and XBRL. Our research is focussed in France, where EDIFACT is well established and XBRL is just emerging. The alliances supporting both standards are local and global. The French/European EDIFACT is promulgated through the United Nations while a consortium of national jurisdictions and companies has coalesced around the US initiated XBRL International (XII). We suggest cultural differences pose a barrier to co-operation between the two networks. Competing data standards create the risk of switching costs. The different technical characteristics of the standards are identified as raising implications for regulators and users. A key concern is the lack of co-ordination of data standard production and the mechanisms regulatory agencies use to choose platforms for electronic data submission.
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2008|
|Event||Twenty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems - Paris|
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → 1 Jan 2008
|Conference||Twenty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems|
|Period||1/01/08 → 1/01/08|
- business data standards
- actor network theory
Guilloux, V., Locke, J., & Lowe, A. D. (2008). Local skirmishes in the contruction of (global) digital business communication technologies. Twenty Ninth International Conference on Information Systems, Paris, .