This is a part of the primer on the disruptive leap model introducing the concept and model. The full text can be found here.

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A standardized society have strict rules and regulations that often are enforced severely. They might be legal, they might be cultural and they might be religious. While the Opportunistic society have problems due to the lack of predictability and cohesiveness, the standardized society might suffer a lack of evolution due to the strictness of its rules and regulations. Currently we see that many African countries are entering this stage in a positive fashion, while many of their Middle Eastern neighbors have halted their development here due to the constraints of their religion or authoritative leaders.

An organization at the Standardized stage is characterized by an emphasis on bureaucracy. While processes and procedures to manage the day-to-day operation is a necessity to operate and grow, the risk of the Standardized stage is that the bureaucracy does not facilitate business but instead becomes a hindrance due to conformity, sluggishness and authoritative leaders with an agenda to control rather than evolve. At the standardized stage we find many government organizations, NGOs and traditional businesses.