The effects of external auditors and certification bodies on the operational and market-oriented outcomes of ISO 9001 implementation

Daniel Prajogo, Anand Nair, Pavel Castka

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Abstract

Many studies on ISO 9001 have been focused on the motivation, the implementation process, and the outcomes of the implementation of the standard. This article seeks to advance the knowledge on ISO 9001 implementation by examining two research issues. First, we investigate the relationship between external auditors, certification bodies, and the operational and market-oriented outcomes from the ISO 9001 certification. Second, we study the different roles played by external auditors and certification bodies in affecting the outcomes achieved from the quality of implementation of the standard. Using a dataset comprising 537 firms from Australia and New Zealand that are ISO 9001 certified, our findings show that the quality of external auditors enhances operational outcomes as well as strengthens the relationship between ISO 9001 implementation and operational outcomes. This affirms the role of external auditors in the implementation of the standard. On the other hand, the reputation of certification bodies has a positive direct effect on market-oriented outcome, and its effect is strengthened by the quality of ISO 9001 implementation. The findings, therefore, show the contrasting roles between external auditors and certification bodies in enhancing different outcomes of ISO 9001 adoption in terms of operational and market-oriented ones.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Auditors
  • Australia
  • certification bodies
  • ISO 9001 certification
  • ISO Standards
  • Organizations
  • outcomes
  • Quality management
  • Standards organizations

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