Creating First-Mover Advantages: The Case of Samsung Electronics

Jang-Sup SHIN, Sung-Won JANG
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Paper No. 2005/13 - Nov 2005

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.