Limited Inquiry and Intelligent Adaptation in Semiconductor Manufacturing

M. Thérèse Flaherty

in The Nature and Dynamics of Organizational Capabilities

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199248544
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596155 | DOI:
 Limited Inquiry and Intelligent Adaptation in Semiconductor Manufacturing

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The chapter deals with learning and effective control in semiconductor manufacturing. This industry incorporates extraordinarily complex technologies, in which there are many different processes involved, and the interactions across the various processes can easily get ‘out of control’, constituting a major problem in assuring quality of the output. A central problem, therefore, is to be able to quickly spot production aspects that seem to be getting ‘out of control’, to diagnose these problems, and to solve them. The essential aspects of these processes is that the relevant ‘knowledge’ generally is distributed among a number of different people and that certain kinds of experimentation to diagnose and solve a problem can themselves be highly expensive in terms of lost production. The study puts a microscope on these issues, and illustrates the complexities that often are involved in organizational capabilities.

Keywords: capabilities; learning; problem‐solving; semiconductor industry

Chapter.  11737 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Microeconomics

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