Exploring open innovation approaches adopted by small and medium firms in emerging/growth industries: case studies from Daegu-Gyeongbuk region of South Korea

Jin Hyo Joseph Yun, Avvari V. Mohan

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This study explores the status of open innovation in small and medium firms that operate in emerging or growth technological industries that have been designated as new growth engines in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk district in South Korea. Chesbrough (2003, 2006a,b) had demonstrated that the motive power of growth and development of big enterprises, be it in hi-tech or low-tech industries of USA, is 'open innovation'. Studies that followed examined the relationship between open innovation and industry performance had focused considerably on developed/mature industries. Though they analysed open innovation of small and medium firms, their analysis was limited to statistical relationships between open innovation and industry performances. Through the case studies this study's findings indicate that small and medium firms in South Korea seem to be dynamically adopting open innovation in the process of changing their business lines to more prospective hi-tech areas for their existence. It also seems that continuous growth and development could not be expected with closed innovation, and that the existence of small and medium firms can be threatened during verification period because it takes considerable time to get approval or support form markets or science and technology business circle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Technology, Policy and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Daegy-Gyeongbuk region
  • Emerging stage
  • Growth stage
  • Innovation in SMEs
  • New growth engine industries
  • Open innovation
  • South Korea
  • Technology life cycle

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