Originally Posted by krumme
About the copying: How much is a National cultural part vs how much a Samsung part?
In my experience in this industry, working across the gamut of cultures captured in Samsung, TSMC, UMC, SMIC, Hitachi, Philips/NXP, ST, etc...what it comes down to is the cultural values at the individual level as they manifest in ego versus humility.
The engineers at the Asian corporations I have dealt with displayed a surprising level of acceptance of humility, they don't view it with shame, and a surprising level of lack of personal ego.
I observed the exact opposite in going east from Asia, to N.America to Europe. As you go east you find more individuality that gets wrapped up in a sense of self-importance that then comes out as ego and being unable to accept the humility of "having to resort" to copying someone elses idea...be it internally or externally to the company.
In the west we call it the "not invented here" or NIH complex. People who view themselves with such high regard, ego, to accept the inputs of others.
Go west, towards Asia, and not only will you not find NIH issues, they also have less concerns with taking advantage of information created externally (IP theft, etc).
From what I have seen, from my perspective it is one in the same. The same mental hangups that manifest as NIH in western cultures and businesses is what also creates a culture that views "stealing IP" as being unethical and immoral.
And on the side of the same coin, the same mentality that enables humility, the acceptance of an outsider's input, is what also negates the mental barrier that would otherwise prevent an engineer from considering stealing/borrowing/misappropriating IP from an outsider as well.
If you want to destroy the culture of IP theft you simply infuse the culture with a sense of individualism, from there a sense of ego and pride will grow that will snuff out IP theft from the ground-up IMO.