Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 639–669 | Cite as

Technological catch-up by east Asian firms: Trends, issues, and future research agenda

  • Yuzhe Miao
  • Jaeyong Song
  • Keun Lee
  • Chuyue Jin


This paper reviews extant research on technological catch-up of East Asian firms, which has recently emerged as an important issue. We review 76 articles on technological catch-up in the East Asian context published in 17 journals over 23 years (1995–2017), covering the academic disciplines of strategic management, international business, entrepreneurship, technology and innovation management, and economics. Based on a systematic analysis of this literature, we develop an overarching framework to this topic. We then identify the major gaps in the literature and suggest areas for future research on technological catch-up of Asian firms.


Technological catch-up Latecomer Incumbent East Asia Leapfrogging Innovation Imitation Laggard 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuzhe Miao
    • 1
  • Jaeyong Song
    • 2
  • Keun Lee
    • 3
  • Chuyue Jin
    • 4
  1. 1.Sungkyunkwan UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Graduate School of BusinessSeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsSeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  4. 4.Graduate School of BusinessSeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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