From Learning Knowledge Outside to Creating Knowledge Within: Korea’s Mobile Phone Industry Compared with Those of Japan, Taiwan and China

  • Keun LeeEmail author
  • Jia Jin


Korea is one of the few countries currently poised to make a successful transition from a newly industrializing economy (NIE) to an advanced economy. The book Innovation and Technology in Korea (Mahlich and Pascha 2007) used the term newly advanced economy (NAE) to refer specifically to Korea’s status. As the authors noted on page 2 of their book, reaching the level of a newly advanced and eventually an advanced economy requires the ability to generate innovation and technological change at the frontier of global knowledge. Technological innovation can be regarded as the exploitation of the available stock of knowledge to generate new knowledge. Then, if we pursue that distinction further, we can see that while NIEs tend to still be occupied with learning knowledge from others, an NAE should be able to create new knowledge independently within its own territory. This paper examines to what extent Korea has made such a transition, namely become able to generate its own knowledge.


Mobile Phone Semiconductor Industry Patent Citation Local Firm Chinese Firm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Economic Catch-upSeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Investment Banking DivisionHanwha Securities CoSeoulSouth Korea

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