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Technological catching-up of nuclear power plant in Korea : The case of OPR1000

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  • Technological catching-up of nuclear power plant in Korea
  • Lee, Tae Joon; Lee, Young-Joon
  • Hannam University


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Title Technological catching-up of nuclear power plant in Korea
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The case of OPR1000

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Lee, Tae Joon; Lee, Young-Joon

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[Deajeon]:Hannam University

Date 2016
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Asian Journal of Innovation and Policy:Vol. 5(No. 2)
Pages 24
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Energy
Industry and Technology < Others
Government and Law < Public Administration
Holding Hannam University

Abstract

This paper presents how Korea succeeded in developing an indigenous nuclear power plant model over fifty years. Long-lasting national R&D for technical progress and the Korean government for managerial process were the two pillars in the build-up of indigenous Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) technological capabilities. The concept of technological capabilities is used to examine its evolutionary process with a qualitative and longitudinal approach. The government had a developing country ambition to formulate a strategic plan for technical self-reliance on nuclear power plant while establishing the country's institutions and organization structure for the plan. Under the government leadership, it was national R&D that led to the resolution of a good number of technological problems, efficiently, by absorbing imported technologies and effectively adapting them to local circumstances.