Special Issue "Competitive and Sustainable Semiconductor Manufacturing"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tin-Chih Toly Chen

Distinguished Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Systems Management, Feng Chia University, Taiwan
Website: http://tolychen.myweb.hinet.net/

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Semiconductors are widely used in our daily lives. They are found in personal computers, notebooks, mobile phones, etc. With the trend of globalization, the competition within the semiconductor manufacturing industry is becoming increasingly fierce. To survive in this industry, every firm must strive to continually improve its competence in one way or another. For example, some firms do not have their own factories, so that they can focus on activities that are more profitable, while others continue expanding their manufacturing capacity to further drive down costs. Other common strategies include outsourcing, blue ocean strategy, green and lean technologies, applying the competitiveness diamond model, developing next-generation technologies, forming alliances, etc.

In contrast, some studies have shown that even with considerable R&D capabilities, semiconductor manufacturers cannot guarantee long-term competitiveness (i.e., sustainability). In addition, in the past, support from the government enabled the continued growth of semiconductor manufacturers in some regions. After such support disappears, maintaining competitiveness and sustainability becomes a big problem. Further, the rise of the Chinese market, and of its manufacturers, bring opportunities and threats to existing firms.

This special issue is intended to provide details regarding sustainable development and competitive strategies, and their applications to semiconductor manufacturing, for researchers in product engineering, industrial engineering, marketing, and business administration, as well as practicing managers/engineers. This special issue features a balance between state-of-the-art research and more conventional reported applications. This special issue also provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to review and disseminate quality research work on competitive and sustainable semiconductor manufacturing strategies and their applications, and to identify critical issues for further developments.

Prof. Dr. Tin-Chih Toly Chen
Guest Editor


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Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • competitive and sustainable strategy: continuous measurable improvement
  • competitive and sustainable strategy: statistical thinking
  • competitive and sustainable strategy: constraint-focus
  • competitive and sustainable strategy: people development/empowerment
  • competitive and sustainable strategy: knowledge transfer
  • competitive and sustainable strategy: differentiation
  • competitive and sustainable strategy: partnering and collaboration through networking
  • competitive and sustainable strategy: geographic reach
  • the rise of China market and manufacturers – opportunities and threats
  • the role of government support
  • foundry
  • agile manufacturing, lean manufacturing
  • cloud manufacturing
  • advanced semiconductor manufacturing technologies
  • design manufacturability, design into manufacturing, design-manufacturing integration
  • miniaturization
  • competitiveness assessment and enhancement
  • long-term competitiveness, sustainability
  • remanufacturing, green manufacturing
  • virtual factory, internet manufacturing and services
  • benchmarking
  • next-generation wafer fab
  • fab automation
  • other related topics

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Sustainability 2014, 6(9), 5655-5681; doi:10.3390/su6095655
Received: 7 May 2014 / Revised: 8 August 2014 / Accepted: 21 August 2014 / Published: 27 August 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(8), 5107-5128; doi:10.3390/su6085107
Received: 19 May 2014 / Revised: 28 July 2014 / Accepted: 28 July 2014 / Published: 11 August 2014
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Sustainability 2014, 6(1), 251-266; doi:10.3390/su6010251
Received: 11 November 2013 / Revised: 13 December 2013 / Accepted: 27 December 2013 / Published: 3 January 2014
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