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National innovation systems for rapid technological catch-up : An analytical framework and a comparative analysis of Korea, Taiwan and Singapore

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  • National innovation systems for rapid technological catch-up
  • Wong, Poh-Kam
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Title National innovation systems for rapid technological catch-up
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An analytical framework and a comparative analysis of Korea, Taiwan and Singapore

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Author(English)

Wong, Poh-Kam

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[Rebild, Denmark]:DRUID

Date 1999-06
Pages 32
Subject Country Singapore(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Taiwan(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Science/Technology
Industry and Technology < Others
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Abstract

Among small, late-industrializing economies in the developing world, three – Korea, Taiwan and Singapore – have achieved remarkably rapid industrial and technological catch-up. More interestingly, they have done so by evolving distinctly different models of national innovation system. This paper presents an analytical framework for characterizing the generic evolutionary paths for rapid technological catch-up by late-industrializing countries. The framework seeks to integrate three theoretical perspectives: the resource-based view of the firm, the network interaction perspective on the technological learning process, and the institutional economics perspective on the contexts of late-industrialization. The framework is found to be useful in explaining the divergent evolutionary patterns among these three distinct national innovation systems. The framework also highlights potential limits of the respective innovation systems as the catch-up process reaches an advanced stage, and suggests new directions for change. Implications for future research on national innovation system for late-industrializing countries are explored.

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Paper to be presented at the DRUID Summer Conference on National Innovation Systems, Industrial Dynamics and Innovation Policy, Rebild, Denmark, June 9-12, 1999