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Latecomers’ path-creating catch-up strategy in ICT industry: The effect of market disparity and government dependence

Dae Bong Kim (Seoul Business School, Seoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technologies, Seodaemun-gu, Republic of Korea)
Min Jae Park (Seoul Business School, Seoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technologies, Seodaemun-gu, Republic of Korea)

Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2053-4604

Article publication date: 16 January 2019

Issue publication date: 22 May 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to empirically examine the conditions for latecomers to successfully pursue path-creating catch-up strategies. In particular, the company is divided into two conditions: the external environment, which refers to the gap in the market share between the leaders and latecomers, and the internal capacities of the company, such as the company’s absorptive capacity, re-combinative capabilities and technological innovation leadership.

Design/methodology/approach

Because firms supported by the government tend to be conservative in their decision-making and technology development strategies, governmental assistance is likely to negatively affect path-creating catch-up strategies. This study surveyed small to medium enterprises in the Korea IT industry and analyzed the latecomers’ catch-up strategies from internal and external environment perspectives.

Findings

After ensuring its innovation capacity by developing of internal capacity, it turned out to lead to path-creative catch-up strategy and market disparity and government dependence moderates this relation. While market disparity has a positive moderation effect, government dependence showed a negative moderation effect.

Originality/value

The authors proposed and tested hypotheses of how a firm’s path-creative catch-up strategy is adopted and succeeds. Regarding the internal conditions, the authors statistically proved that absorptive capabilities, re-combinative capabilities and technology innovation leadership are important factors for a firm’s technology innovation capacity.

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Citation

Kim, D.B. and Park, M.J. (2019), "Latecomers’ path-creating catch-up strategy in ICT industry: The effect of market disparity and government dependence", Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 234-257. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEEE-06-2018-0056

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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