Korea At The Turning Point

Korea At The Turning Point

by Lewis M. Branscomb, Young-Hwan Choi
     
 

Can Korea realize its dream of matching the economic performance of the G-7 nations in the next 15 years? The marshalling of capital, and dedicated, low-cost labor by authoritarian governments in the past created double-digit economic growth based on imported technology. How can Korea's young democracy, fledgling science, and liberalizing policies compete against a

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Can Korea realize its dream of matching the economic performance of the G-7 nations in the next 15 years? The marshalling of capital, and dedicated, low-cost labor by authoritarian governments in the past created double-digit economic growth based on imported technology. How can Korea's young democracy, fledgling science, and liberalizing policies compete against a new level of global competition? Korea must build its research capability, accelerate the development of smaller, high-tech firms, and reduce bureaucratic conflict in support of an innovation-based strategy. This book puts Korea's technological challenge in its historical context, documents the reasons past strategies are no longer viable, and presents a blueprint for the next stage in Korean development. Korean economy is one of the most exciting and dynamic ones in the world. Korea finds itself in the position of being regarded as respected competition by nations and firms which earlier regarded it only as a source of low-cost, high-quality production. As the economy has slowed, the Korean government and private sector have faced the challenge of making a change in strategy in regard to its approach to technology, and how the economy is to be managed. This analysis of where Korea has been and how it will deal with technology and economic management is conducted by prominent Korean and American scholars.

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Drawn from international academic, economic, scientific, and technological communities, contributors to this volume present 15 essays, organized into five sections: current challenges; Korea's present resources for innovation; models for development, including Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, and small European countries; strategic positioning for Korea's future economy; and conclusions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275951474
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1996
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

LEWIS M. BRANSCOMB is Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management, emeritus, and directed the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at Harvard University. A former Vice-President and Chief Scientist of the IBM Corporation and expert examiner on science and technology policy in Mexico and Korea for the OECD, Branscomb is a prolific author on technology policy.

YOUNG-HWAN CHOI is a former President of STEPI and previously served as Vice Minister for Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea. He was visiting Fellow in the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University from 1993 to 1995, and is now President of the National Railroad College in Korea.

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