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A knowledge broker in a regional innovation system : A case of Gyeonggi province in Korea

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Frame of Image mited, although in recent years some regional governments have tried to promote innovation activity in their localities. This paper looks into the Gyeonggi Institute of Science and Technology Promotion (GSTEP) in Gyeonggi Province and examines its emerging role and achievements in innovation policymaking. It was found out that GSTEP engages in knowledge brokering with the purpose of helping firms participate in regional technological innovation processes. The knowledge brokering roles of this regional authority are described along with their implications for regional innovation policy. This study aims for a deeper understanding of the nature of the regional authority’s role in a RIS through the case study of regional actors transitioning from being subordinators to becoming active participants with greater participation on policymaking and implementation.
Keywords regional innovation system, regional authority, knowledge brokers, science technology and innovation policy, South Korea
1. INTORDUCTION In today’s knowledge-based economy, an effective Regional Innovation System (RIS) is critical in science, technology, and innovation policy. Many researchers argue that RISs can promote or prohibit regional technological innovation and that its effectiveness decides the long-term technological competitiveness of that region. In the Republic of Korea, the RIS concept is widely discussed
The authors appreciate the support of GSTEP for interviews and data provision. PhD research stude


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Title A knowledge broker in a regional innovation system
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A case of Gyeonggi province in Korea

Material Type Article
Author(English)

Shin, Sangwoo; Yim, Deok Soon

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[Sejong, South Korea] : Science and Technology Policy Institute

Date 2014-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue STI Policy Review:vol. 5(no. 1)
Pages 19
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Original Format pdf
Subject Industry and Technology < Science/Technology
Territorial Development < National Land Development
Holding Science and Technology Policy Institute
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Many actors are involved in the development of regional innovation systems (RIS) such as universities, pri¬vate firms, research institutions, governments, and public agencies. In a country like Korea, where the central government takes more than 95% of the total government R&D budget, the role of regional authorities in sci¬ence, technology, and innovation are fairly limited, although in recent years some regional governments have tried to promote innovation activity in their localities. This paper looks into the Gyeonggi Institute of Science and Technology Promotion (GSTEP) in Gyeonggi Province and examines its emerging role and achievements in innovation policymaking. It was found out that GSTEP engages in knowledge brokering with the purpose of helping firms participate in regional technological innovation processes. The knowledge brokering roles of this regional authority are described along with their implications for regional innovation policy. (The rest omitted)