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An Inquiry into the Status and Nature of University-Industry Research Collaborations in Japan and Korea


  • Hemmert, Martin
  • Okamuro, Hiroyuki
  • Bstieler, Ludwig


University-industry collaboration (UIC) has become an increasingly frequent innovation strategy, especially in the Western hemisphere. But we know much less about such research collaborations in East Asia. This study explores and contrasts the current nature and status of UICs in Japan and Korea focusing on factors that facilitate the development and management of such research linkages. The findings indicate that UICs are path dependent, i.e. firms benefit from their experience with previous projects when collaborating with universities. At the same time, cultural factors appear to result in significant differences in the organization of UICs in Japan and Korea.

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  • Hemmert, Martin & Okamuro, Hiroyuki & Bstieler, Ludwig, 2008. "An Inquiry into the Status and Nature of University-Industry Research Collaborations in Japan and Korea," Hitotsubashi Journal of Economics, Hitotsubashi University, vol. 49(2), pages 163-180, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:hit:hitjec:v:49:y:2008:i:2:p:163-180

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    1. Hiroyuki Okamuro & Junichi Nishimura, 2013. "Impact of university intellectual property policy on the performance of university-industry research collaboration," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, vol. 38(3), pages 273-301, June.
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    3. Hemmert, Martin, 2015. "The relevance of inter-personal and inter-organizational ties for interaction quality and outcomes of research collaborations in South Korea," Working Papers on East Asian Studies 102/2015, University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute of East Asian Studies IN-EAST.

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    University-industry collaboration; R&D collaboration; International comparison; Japan; Korea;

    JEL classification:

    • L14 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D


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