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Creating First-Mover Advantages : The Case of Samsung Electronics

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  • Jang-Sup SHIN

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  • Sung-Won JANG
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    This paper analyzes the sources of first-mover advantages by examining the case of Samsung Electronics, a firm which has maintained and strengthened the technological leadership in the DRAM industry since 1992. The focus is on endogeneity of first-mover advantages under changing technological and competitive environments, part of which are also shaped by the technology leader. The paper also discusses general implications of this case study for strategy and organization for innovation.

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    Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Development Economics Working Papers with number 22575.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:eab:develo:22575

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    Keywords: first-mover advantage; Samsung Electronics;

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