, Volume 90, Issue 1, pp 101–120 | Cite as

Triple helix in the agricultural sector of Northeast Asian countries: a comparative study between Korea and China

  • Haneul Kim
  • Minghao Huang
  • Furong Jin
  • David Bodoff
  • Junghoon Moon
  • Young Chan Choe


In this paper, the agricultural innovation systems of two Northeast Asian countries—Korea and China—are investigated and compared from the perspective of triple helix innovation. Specifically, the current study examines the nature of agricultural innovation of the two countries and considers agricultural R&D investments and activities as well as the roles of university, industry, and government (UIG), which are the three units comprising the triple helix. As an empirical extension of the qualitative analysis, we collected bibliometric information of agricultural scientific publications from 1990 to 2010 and patent information from 1980 to 2010. By calculating transmission of uncertainty, which indicates collaboration among UIG, this paper tracks the relationship dynamics of the units comprising the triple helix. In addition, we analyze topics in scientific publications and patents in order to observe and compare the subareas that are the focus in the two countries. The findings reveal both commonalities and differences between the two countries, thus providing knowledge of and insights into the agricultural sector.


Triple helix R&D Agricultural sector Korea China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haneul Kim
    • 1
  • Minghao Huang
    • 2
  • Furong Jin
    • 3
  • David Bodoff
    • 1
  • Junghoon Moon
    • 1
  • Young Chan Choe
    • 1
  1. 1.Program of Regional InformationCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of International TradeKonkuk UniversitySeoulKorea
  3. 3.Korea Institute for International Economic PolicySeoulKorea

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