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SCOPUS 학술저널

The Strategic Model for the Late Mover: Evidence from the Defiance Case of LG Electronics

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Purpose - This study proposes a strategic model for the late mover to effectively penetrate an industry that is dominated by a leading company. Thus, this study presents strategic implications for several late movers in overcoming the advantages of the leading company. Research design, data, and methodology – This study begins with a literature review followed by the formation of a strategic model that consists of: Repositioning, Utilization of Competence, Strategic Leadership, and Innovation. Specifically, this research analyzes LG Electronics (LG) as an example and investigates how LG infiltrates and grows in the water purifier market, overcoming the advantages of the powerful leading company. Results - The major steps taken by LG are summarized into four. First, LG studied the market, which had been conventionally treated as a single market. To penetrate the market, LG founded a new, special market segment. Subsequently, LG further segmented the market, executing a marketing strategy for each segment. Second, the unbending will of top managers was a key factor that addressed the challenge persistently. Third, even though LG was the late mover in the water purifier market, it had several technology competences such as compressor, refrigeration cycles, and algorithms. LG had profound knowledge in technology and used it effectively. Fourth, LG created a premium market through three innovative and distinguished factors such as the stainless water tank, sterilization service, and luxury design. Conclusions - This research draws four key findings from the example of the late mover in the water purifier industry: the reestablishment of a strategic position based on environmental change is an effective strategy for the late mover; strategic leadership is an important motive to generate late mover performance; and the late mover can utilize its existing knowledge and resources to overcome the first mover, such as presenting new added value compared to existin

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