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Creating First-Mover Advantages: The Case of Samsung Electronics

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  • Jang-Sup SHIN

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    (Department of Economics, National University of Singapore)

  • Sung-Won JANG

    (Samsung Economic Research Institute)

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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 National University of Singapore, Department of Economics, SCAPE in its series SCAPE Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 0513.

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    Date of creation: Nov 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:sca:scaewp:0513

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    Keywords: First-mover advantages; innovation; firm growth; Samsung Electronics; semiconductors;

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    1. Chris Freeman & Luc Soete, 1997. "The Economics of Industrial Innovation, 3rd Edition," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 3, volume 1, number 0262061953, December.
    2. Katz, Michael L & Shapiro, Carl, 1985. "Network Externalities, Competition, and Compatibility," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 75(3), pages 424-40, June.
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