Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 1265-1283

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A social network analysis of leading semiconductor companies’ knowledge flow network

  • Yvonne HoAffiliated withDepartment of International Business, Tamkang University Email author 
  • , Hongjen ChiuAffiliated withDepartment of International Business, National Taiwan University

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This study (1) constructs a knowledge flow network for leading semiconductor companies; (2) seeks out how leading semiconductor companies can attain knowledge competencies (through patent activities or network position) via social network analysis; and (3) proposes critical strategic suggestions regarding knowledge flow networks in the industry. The results show (1) that a knowledge flow network with no isolators and Asian semiconductor firms are closely connected with other firms all over the world; (2) that patent activities are positively associated with central network positions and firm performance; (3) that closeness centrality is helpful for patent citation activities and also helps to achieve better performance; and (4) that semiconductor companies in Asia are also closely connected with others in the world.


Social network theory Knowledge flow Patent citation Centrality network position