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Asia in the Global ICT Innovation Network - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780857094704, 9780857094711

Asia in the Global ICT Innovation Network

1st Edition

Dancing with the Tigers

Editors: Giuditta De Prato Daniel Nepelski Jean Simon
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857094704
eBook ISBN: 9780857094711
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st July 2013
Page Count: 296
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Table of Contents

List of figures

List of tables

List of abbreviations




About the authors

About the contributors



The dragons

R&D expenditures


ICT R&D offshoring

Output: patent

Networks of ICT technology and innovation


Part 1: IT in Emerging Economies: Chindia

Chapter 1: Information and communications technology sector in India

Chapter 2: China


The size of the ICT sector

ICT R&D expenditures

The major ICT players


Part 2: The Return of the Dragons

Chapter 3: South Korea



Size of ICT sector

ICT R&D expenditures, patents, and globalization of ICT sector

Korean ICT sector: company-level perspective


Chapter 4: Taiwan



The size of the ICT sector

R&D expenditure

The Taiwanese ICT sector: company-level perspective


Part 3: Networks of ICT Technology and Innovation

Chapter 5: Internationalization of ICT R&D: a comparative analysis of Asia, the EU, Japan, the U.S., and the RoW



Asia and the internationalization of R&D

Disentangling the R&D value chain

Data on the input and output of ICT R&D

Internationalization of ICT R&D input

Internationalization of ICT R&D output: patents-based evidence

The case of Asia


Chapter 6: Asia in the global ICT R&D network




Characteristics of the international R&D center network

The determinants of international R&D linkage



Chapter 7: Assessing India as a technology and innovation cooperation partner



A framework for assessing technology and innovation cooperation partners

Data and elaboration of patent-based indicators

Assessing India as an innovation collaboration partner


Chapter 8: Conclusion

Role of public policies and public sectors

Changing global production and innovation networks: Asia on the rise

Imbalance and weaknesses: catching up

Asian countries in the global production network




Production and innovation activities are being re-distributed across the world. The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are proving the major engine of global growth, being less impacted by the financial crisis than developed economies or able to recover more quickly. Asia in the Global ICT Innovation Network takes a close look at the information and communication technologies (ICTs) landscape, not only in two BRICS countries, India and China, but also in South Korea and Taiwan. The book documents the size of the ICT sector for each of the selected countries, and assesses their R&D expenditure and its place in the international innovation network. The selected countries play a major role in shifting patterns of international trade and global value chains. The countries offer different historical profiles, with reforms dating back from the nineties for “Chindia” and earlier policies for the “dragons”, with later reforms focusing on IT. The book accounts for their specificity, and emphasises the fact that the four countries have achieved impressive results in terms of economic growth. The ICT sector was a major contributor to this growth and led a pioneering role for other sectors.

This title consists of three parts: ICT in emerging economies, covering China and India; the return of the dragons, covering South Korea and Taiwan; and Network knowledge and trade, covering regional networks of R&D centres, India as an S&T cooperation partner, Asian countries in the global production network, and Asia in the process of internationalisation of ICT and R&D.

Key Features

  • Provides a well-supported look at the ICT sector in Asia, an area where extant literature consists mostly in a scattering of articles in various and heterogeneous journals
  • Focuses on innovation
  • Speaks to a growing interest in the role of emerging countries in ICT innovation


Policy makers in the area of science, technology and innovation; Those interested in economics, economic geography and innovation studies


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"This book is a welcome addition to the abundant literature that has explored the 'recipes for success' of the Asian tigers and dragons in the field of ICT and innovation. It takes an original point of view by focusing on the experience of a limited number of countries (India, China, Korea and Taiwan), and trying to provide a regional view of Asia's role in global ICT and innovation networks."--Communications & Strategies, No. 93, 1st Q. 2014

Ratings and Reviews

About the Editors

Giuditta De Prato

Giuditta De Prato works at the Institute for Prospective Technologies (JRC-IPTS), European Commission, Directorate-General JRC, the in-house Think Tank of the European Commission, supporting the EU policy-making process by developing science-based responses to the dynamically-changing innovation landscape. She worked at the university of Bologna and in the industry as a software developer and IT consultant.

Daniel Nepelski

Daniel Nepelski also works at the Institute for Prospective Technologies (JRC-IPTS). Daniel worked at DIW Berlin, the German Institute for Economic Research, as a research associate and policy consultant. His background is economics and the main fields of interest include innovation economics, technological change and networks and complex systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

European Commission, Directorate-General JRC

Jean Simon

Jean Paul Simon runs his own consulting company. He worked as a senior scientist at the IPTS, on ICT in BRICS countries, as well as on the economics of the media and content industries and the impact of digitization. He has held senior positions in the telecom industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

JPS Public Policy, Sevilla, Spain