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The evolution of a technological system: the case of CNC machine tools in Korea

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  • Tae Sung

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  • Bo Carlsson

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    Focusing on a product, this paper reconstructs the concept of technological systems first introduced by Carlsson and Stankiewicz (1991) in this Journal. Based on the model, we analyze the evolution process and performance of Korea's technological system for computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools as a catching-up case. The study shows that the length of 'learning period' for the system was substantial, even in a catching-up case. Especially, in the Korean case, the government played a 'macro-entrepreneurial' role in the molding of the technological system by giving legitimacy to the system, by mobilizing a nation-specific industrial organization of Chaebol system, and by enhancing the academia-industry-research institution links. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2003

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 4 (October)
    Pages: 435-460

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    Keywords: Evolution; Technological systems; Technological infrastructure; Institutional infrastructure; CNC machine tools;

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    1. Huang, Can & Wu, Yilin, 2011. "State-led technological development: A case of China's nanotechnology development," MERIT Working Papers 013, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    2. Jonathan Brookfield, 2008. "Firm Clustering and Specialization: A Study of Taiwan’s Machine Tool Industry," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 30(4), pages 405-422, April.
    3. Roderik Ponds, 2009. "The limits to internationalization of scientific research collaboration," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 34(1), pages 76-94, February.
    4. Sandu, Steliana & Paun, Cristian, 2010. "Assessing The Possibilities Of Filling The Gap Between Romania And The Eu In The Rdi Field," Working Papers of National Institute of Economic Research 100204, National Institute of Economic Research.
    5. Leo van Grunsven, 2006. "New Industries in Southeast Asia’s Late Industrialization: Evolution versus Creation - The Automation Industry in Penang (Malaysia) considered," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 0611, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Dec 2006.
    6. Morero, Hernán, 2010. "Internacionalización, Tramas Productivas y Sistema Nacional de Innovación
      [Internationalization, Production Networks and National System of Innovation]
      ," MPRA Paper 26964, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Carlsson, Bo, 2006. "Internationalization of innovation systems: A survey of the literature," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 56-67, February.

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