Receiving information at Korean and Taiwanese universities, industry, and GRIs
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This article examines the incentive structure underlying information transfers received by the three key players of the Triple Helix paradigm: universities, industry, and government research institutes (GRIs). For Korea and Taiwan, which are the cases under analysis here, such an empirical examination has not yet been conducted on a quantitative level. Using a unique dataset of survey responses from a maximum of 325 researchers based in Korean and Taiwanese universities, industry, and GRIs, this article shows that there are some significant differences between and within countries. Most importantly, policy interventions to promote university-industry-GRI interactions impact the degree to which specific information transfers are considered useful. In Korea, formal transfers are emphasized, while both formal and, in particular, informal transfers are emphasized in Taiwan.
KeywordsR&D collaboration Information flows Triple helix relations Information transfer East Asian developmental state Technology spillovers
MSL Classification91F99 62P20 62P25 62J05 62J10
JEL ClassificationO31 O32 O33 O34 O39
The author wishes to thank Jeffrey Nugent, Jang-Jae Lee, Jung-Jae Lee, and Chintay Shih. Special thanks go out to Ki-Sik Park and Sang Sub Cho of ETRI’s IT Strategy Research Group and Hubert Chen and Jian Hung Chen of ITRI’s Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center.
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