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The Nature and Dynamics of Organizational Capabilities$
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Giovanni Dosi, Richard R. Nelson, and Sidney Winter

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199248544

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199248540.001.0001

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Limited Inquiry and Intelligent Adaptation in Semiconductor Manufacturing

Limited Inquiry and Intelligent Adaptation in Semiconductor Manufacturing

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The Nature and Dynamics of Organizational Capabilities

M. Thérèse Flaherty

Oxford University Press

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

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