Main characteristics of technological entrepreneurship and the impact of governmental policies in Korea
by Jangwoo Lee, Yongwoon Gang
International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (IJEIM), Vol. 12, No. 3/4, 2010

Abstract: The primary purpose of this study was to introduce an up-surging trend of technological entrepreneurship in Korea during the last decade and to determine how governmental policy for promoting technology-based small ventures impacts on job creation and innovation at the firm level. This study demonstrated that the high-tech ventures enrolled and systematically supported by the Korean Government achieved a significantly higher level of innovation and job creation than other small firms. Entrepreneurs of those ventures possessed a higher level of education and innovative attitude and they tended to employ differentiation strategies more aggressively and utilise more cooperative networks for acquiring external resources. It also showed that the membership of governmental enrolment had more influence on their performance than the managerial factors did. Those results suggest that systematic benefits from the governmental side more strongly affect a technology-based venture's performance and support the argument about the institutional theories. This study implicates that governmental policy for promoting technological entrepreneurship can contribute to the vitalisation of the national economy through the generation of new jobs and innovations.

Online publication date: Fri, 03-Sep-2010

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