The learning curve, technology barriers to entry, and competitive survival in the chemical processing industries

The learning curve, technology barriers to entry, and competitive survival in the chemical... This paper evaluates entry and survival rates in a sample of 39 chemical product industries. The analysis focuses on learning‐based cost advantages potentially held by incumbent firms. A logit model of entry gives no evidence that entry decisions were sensitive to the cumulative production lead held by incumbents. Entry was facilitated by the fact that for most products, technology was available from a range of sources. A hazard function model reveals that entrant survival rates were unrelated to order of entry or source of process technology. However, survival was adversely affected when the leading incumbent held a large cumulative output advantage or when entrants built plants of sub‐optimal scale. Thus, a large incumbent lead in production experience did not deter new entry but did reduce the entrant'S probability of survival. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Strategic Management Journal Wiley

The learning curve, technology barriers to entry, and competitive survival in the chemical processing industries

Strategic Management Journal, Volume 10 (5) – Sep 1, 1989

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1989 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN
0143-2095
eISSN
1097-0266
DOI
10.1002/smj.4250100504
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Abstract

This paper evaluates entry and survival rates in a sample of 39 chemical product industries. The analysis focuses on learning‐based cost advantages potentially held by incumbent firms. A logit model of entry gives no evidence that entry decisions were sensitive to the cumulative production lead held by incumbents. Entry was facilitated by the fact that for most products, technology was available from a range of sources. A hazard function model reveals that entrant survival rates were unrelated to order of entry or source of process technology. However, survival was adversely affected when the leading incumbent held a large cumulative output advantage or when entrants built plants of sub‐optimal scale. Thus, a large incumbent lead in production experience did not deter new entry but did reduce the entrant'S probability of survival.

Journal

Strategic Management JournalWiley

Published: Sep 1, 1989

References

  • The learning curve, diffusion and competitive strategy
    Lieberman, Lieberman

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