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Managing the Development and Transfer of Process Technologies in the Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry

Melissa M. Appleyard, Nile W. Hatch and David C. Mowery

in The Nature and Dynamics of Organizational Capabilities

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199248544
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248540.003.0008
 Managing the Development and Transfer of Process Technologies in the Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry

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A considerable literature on firm‐level differences in capabilities deals with product innovation, whereas intra‐firm management of process innovation has received less attention. This paper analyses the management of the new process technologies in the semiconductor industry. It shows that successful development and introduction of new process technologies relies on the replication of complex ‘routines’ within a firm, since in many cases a new manufacturing process is developed in an R and D facility and then transferred to a manufacturing site. Firm‐specific differences in the management and organization of process innovation, as well as in the degree of coordination of new product and new process development strategies, appear to be significant and influence performance.

Keywords: coordination; innovation management; process innovation; R and D; replication; routines; semiconductor industry

Chapter.  11005 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Microeconomics

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