Are First-Mover Advantages Really Sustainable? A Case Study of Foreign Mobile Phone Manufacturers in China

YANG, YU-FANG (2008) Are First-Mover Advantages Really Sustainable? A Case Study of Foreign Mobile Phone Manufacturers in China. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The answer to whether the first-mover advantage is a source of sustainable competitive advantage is still debatable. Empirical studies are widely made in many industries. However, many of them are made in the United States. In this dissertation, the first-mover advantages and the resource-based view of a firm are applied jointly to China's mobile phone industry to examine whether the first-mover advantages are really sustainable.

According the results, it is found that the sustainability of first-mover advantages depends on many factors. It depends on the resources pre-empted by the first mover at the initial stage and its ability to accumulate and develop new resources. In addition, the resources possessed by the followers are also critical. The resource portfolio of a firm may change over time, especially when the market is in the transitional period or becomes more competitive. Pioneers enjoy the benefits of early entry before the entrance of other rivals. However, the first-mover advantages may perish over time and late entrants may surpass the pioneers if they can not develop new resource portfolio in accordance with the market change.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: first-mover advantages, the resource-based view, mobile phone, China
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 17:24
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/21827

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