Post Catch-up Trajectories: Publishing and Patenting Activities of China and Korea

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This chapter seeks to explore the sequential cyclical growth of science, technology, and science-based technology for two economies—China and South Korea—in the course of transitioning to the postcatching-up phase. Both China and South Korea intend to capitalize on scientific and technological knowledge in order to transition to the postcatching-up phase of development. This chapter highlights the production trajectories of science and technology towards the postcatching-up phase in terms of:
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    Scientific publications

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    Granted patents

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    Copatenting pattern

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    Forward citations

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    Science-based patents.


China and South Korea have been active in terms of scientific publication and patenting activities. In regard to patenting, both economies have shown the capability to produce patents and are able to converge the growth of patents with that of publications. This chapter highlights a generic cyclical growth path for science, technology, and science-based technology in the course of transitioning to an advanced knowledge-based economy. It is nonetheless important to explore if there are different paths pursued by other emerging economies .

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Technology ManagementNational Tsing Hua UniversityHsinchu CityTaiwan
  2. 2.Post-graduate and Research CentreKDU University CollegeShah AlamMalaysia

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