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The Reconfiguration of a Latecomer Innovation System

Governing Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Innovation in South Korea


Dirk Johann

The book examines the evolving governance of pharmaceutical biotechnology in South Korea in order to derive conclusions about the dynamics of a latecomer system transition. Based on an analysis of innovation activities in the biomedical sector, which is complemented by expert interviews, the research contends that the Korean post-developmental state should be geared towards coordinating the interplay of technologies, modes of organization and institutions. An integrative framework is developed to describe system change as a co-evolutionary process in which the national and sectoral dimensions intersect. The case shows that the shaping of an environment in which innovation systems can develop sectoral transformative capacity is a central aspect of latecomer innovation governance.


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Design: O laf Gloeckler, A te lier Platen, Friedberg Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Johann, Dirk, 1972- The reconfiguration of a latecom er innovation system : governing pharm aceutica l b iotechnology innovation in South Korea / D irk Johann. pages cm ISBN 978-3-631-64334-1 — ISBN 978-3-653-03326-7 (ebook) 1. Pharm aceutical b iotechnology industry— Technological innova- tions— Korea (South) 2. Pharm aceutical biotechnology— Technological innovations— Korea (South) 3. Pharm aceutical industry— Technological innovations— Korea (South) 4. B io technology industries— Technological innovations— Korea (South) 5. Industrial policy— Korea (South) I. Title. HD9672.K652J64 2013 338.4 '76151095195— dc23 2013021603 D 25 ISSN 2190-099X ISBN 978-3-631-64334-1 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03326-7 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03326-7 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der W issenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. PL Academ ic Research is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang - Frankfurt am Main ■ Bern ■ Bruxelles ■ New York ■ Oxford ■ W arszawa ■ Wien All parts of th is publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict lim its of the copyright law, w ithout the perm ission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, m icrofilm ing, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems.

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