Title: Promoting business incubation for improved competitiveness of small and medium industries in Korea

Authors: Hong Kim, Yun-Jae Lee, Michael D. Ames

Addresses: Department of Technology Business Management, Graduate School of Venture, Hoseo University, 1463-10 Seocho 3 dong, Seocho Gu, 137-070, Seoul, Korea. ' Department of Technology Business Management, Graduate School of Venture, Hoseo University, 1463-10 Seocho 3 dong, Seocho Gu, 137-070, Seoul, Korea. ' Department of Business Management, California State University, 2555 E. Nutwood Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92834, USA

Abstract: The Korean Government decided to increase the number of new start-ups by providing financing, man-power, technology and marketing support to compensate for the weakness of small and medium companies. As a new engine of technological innovation and economic development, the high-tech ventures have been attracting greater attention from government, industry and universities in Korea. Now fostering entrepreneurship and promoting new venture creations have become priority policy actions. With the economic crisis under IMF bailout in Korea, business incubators (BI) in Korea are under more pressure to make significant contributions to the national economy. Now BI are sprouting up rapidly in Korea. During the last 7 years, the number of BI has grown very rapidly and almost 350 incubators are now in operation. Because the majority of BI in Korea are in the infant stage, there is room for improvement. Based on the identified problems faced by BI, policy directions are suggested.

Keywords: business incubators; business startups; competitiveness; economic development; infrastructure; small and medium enterprises; SMEs; small business; small firms; Korea; technological innovation; economic growth; entrepreneurship; new ventures; policy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2005.007338

International Journal of Technology Management, 2005 Vol.32 No.3/4, pp.350 - 370

Available online: 06 Jul 2005 *

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