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Title: Innovation in Korea
Author: Yoon, Mi-Hwa Kang
ISNI:       0000 0004 7655 9572
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis seeks to understand the factors that influence the innovation performance of firms and regions in Korea and whether innovation activities and performance are evenly distributed across geographic regions. Since the 1960s, the performance of the Korean economy has been shaped by economic development strategies based on interaction between public sector institutions and private sector firms that has contributed to the successful achievement of development goals. More recently, government strategy has focused on innovation and policy measures designed to support innovation activity. The national systems of innovation approach and developments of it, such as regional systems of innovation, provide a comprehensive theoretical framework to analyse the internal and external factors that influence firms' innovation performance. Using the elements of innovation activity identified by the systems of innovation approach, hypotheses were developed and empirically tested using quantitative and qualitative techniques. The quantitative analysis focuses on firm and regional influences on innovation using the Korea Innovation Surveys for 2008, 2010 and 2012. This is supplemented by qualitative analysis in the form of two industry/regional case studies, one on the high-technology games industry in Seoul and one on the more traditional footwear industry around Busan region. The thesis finds evidence that 'systems' variables are positively associated with innovation. In particular, the empirical results suggest that cooperation provides a positive influence on product and process innovation in all survey years. Different pub lic policy measures, including financial support for innovation, influence different types of innovation. The proportion of firms that were innovators increased from 2008 to 2010 followed by a decrease in 2012 and the regional variation of the innovation activities became narrower showing convergence from 2008 to 2010, before widening in 2012. The case study findings suggest cooperation plays a strong part in all aspects of innovation activities in both high-tech and traditional industries.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.766679  DOI:
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