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Chips and ChangeHow Crisis Reshapes the Semiconductor Industry$
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Clair Brown and Greg Linden

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013468

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013468.001.0001

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Loss of Competitive Advantage

Loss of Competitive Advantage

(p.15) Crisis 1 Loss of Competitive Advantage
Chips and Change

Clair Brown

Greg Linden

The MIT Press

This chapter begins with the examination of Japan’s rise to prominence in the semiconductor industry in the 1980s, and discusses the products involved that helped Japanese firms rise to market dominance, as well as the strategies involved. One main product was the dynamic random-access memory chips. The chapter then introduces the manner through which the United States responded to the challenge initiated by the Japanese. One program that raised the yield of US firms was Motorola’s Six Sigma quality program. Third, the chapter explores the turnaround when US industry overtook its Japanese rivals, how their strategies worked, and how the Korean producer Samsung took the top spot in high-volume memory chips. The main lesson which it puts forth is that national competitive advantage is often fleeting, and countries must therefore constantly compete for that top spot in order to cope with the rapidly evolving industry.

Keywords:   semiconductor industry, memory chips, Six Sigma, Samsung, national competitive advantage, market dominance

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