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Driving Sustainable Competitive Advantage in the Mobile Industry: Evidence from U.S. Wireless Carriers

College of Business Administration, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Academic Editor: Young Hae Lee
Sustainability 2016, 8(7), 659;
Received: 19 May 2016 / Revised: 30 June 2016 / Accepted: 4 July 2016 / Published: 12 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in Supply Chain Management)
In light of the growing importance of data network quality in the wireless industry, this study analyzes and compares efficiencies in management, service quality, network quality, and market in the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless industry. For this purpose, a bootstrap data envelopment analysis (DEA) model using representative U.S. wireless carriers as decision making units (DMUs) was designed and conducted, with further verification through the Mann-Whitney U and Wilcoxon W test, to examine the differences in efficiency distribution. The results indicate that, in terms of efficiency distribution, network quality efficiency and market efficiency belongs to the same group as that which has high management efficiency. Based on these results, this paper suggests implications and strategic guidelines for wireless carriers for improvement in management efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: quality efficiency; wireless carriers; bootstrap DEA quality efficiency; wireless carriers; bootstrap DEA
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Kim, C.; Kim, S.W.; Kang, H.J. Driving Sustainable Competitive Advantage in the Mobile Industry: Evidence from U.S. Wireless Carriers. Sustainability 2016, 8, 659.

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