Journal Article

The many faces of absorptive capacity: spillovers of copper interconnect technology for semiconductor chips

Kwanghui Lim

in Industrial and Corporate Change

Volume 18, issue 6, pages 1249-1284
Published in print December 2009 | ISSN: 0960-6491
Published online November 2009 | e-ISSN: 1464-3650 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icc/dtp044
The many faces of absorptive capacity: spillovers of copper interconnect technology for semiconductor chips

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A case study of copper interconnect technology suggests that absorptive capacity exist in three forms: disciplinary, domain specific and encoded. Each involves different ways of managing R&D and linking internal to external research. Disciplinary absorptive capacity requires a firm to actively engage with the scientific community, while protecting domain-specific knowledge. Domain-specific absorptive capacity depends upon influencing disciplinary research at universities and consortia, then capturing domain knowledge through collaboration and hiring. As technology develops, it becomes encoded, and absorption depends increasingly upon integrating knowledge from suppliers. Hence, absorptive capacity is a multifaceted construct that is heavily shaped by the type and maturity of technology absorbed.

Journal Article.  12680 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Industrial History ; Business History ; Innovation ; Technological Change; Research and Development ; Industry Studies

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