nep-tid New Economics Papers
on Technology and Industrial Dynamics
Issue of 2010‒01‒30
three papers chosen by
Rui Baptista
Technical University of Lisbon

  1. Creating First-Mover Advantages- The Case of Samsung Electronics By Jang-Sup SHIN; Sung-Won JANG
  2. Not invented here: Technology licensing, knowledge transfer and innovation based on public research By Guido Buenstorf; Matthias Geissler
  3. Profiting in the info-communications in the age of broadband: lessons and new considerations By Jackie Krafft

  1. By: Jang-Sup SHIN; Sung-Won JANG (Singapore Centre for Applied and Policy Economics)
    Abstract: 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.
    Keywords: first-mover advantage, Samsung Electronics, DRAM
    JEL: O32 L63
    Date: 2010–01
  2. By: Guido Buenstorf; Matthias Geissler
    Abstract: Using a new dataset encompassing more than 2,200 inventions made by Max Planck Society researchers from 1980 to 2004, we explore how licensee and technology characteristics affect the licensing and commercialization of technologies from public research. We find no evidence that spin-offs and external licensees systematically differ in their likelihood of successful commercialization. Technologies licensed to foreign firms are less often commercialized, which may reflect selection effects. Patented technologies and inventions by senior scientists are more likely to be licensed, but patent protection is related to lower commercialization odds and lower royalty payments.
    Keywords: Licensing, public research, cognitive distance, entrepreneurship, Max Planck Society Length 24 pages
    JEL: L26 O32 O34
    Date: 2009–12
  3. By: Jackie Krafft (GREDEG - Groupe de recherche en Droit Economie Gestion - Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis)
    Abstract: Who profits in the info-coms industry in the broadband age, and how? This paper looks at this question, decomposing the industry in terms of five complementary activities: (1) equipment provision, (2) network operation, (3) Internet access and service provision, (4) navigation and security provision, and (5) Internet content provision, which correspond to five different assets in the sense of Teece (1986). By focusing on two key stylized facts (SF1: “R&D and patent licensing are increasingly high in this industry, but the initiators of innovations have greatly changed over time”, and SF2: “Small, facilities-less companies emerged during the development of the Internet industry, but have generally performed badly as the industry has matured and broadband use has become widespread”) the paper analyses the robustness of Teece (1986) in its ability to provide a framework appropriate to the changes that have occurred in the broadband industry. The paper draws some lessons, and provides some new considerations related to the robustness of Teece's framework.
    Date: 2010–01–01

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