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Korea and the Knowledge Economy

Koreahas recently established itself as an emerging Knowledge Economy powerhouse and showed strong interest in sharing its experience. In alliance with the Ministry of Planning and Budget, Korea Development Institute signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding with the Bank for collaborative research and joint dissemination projects geared for the Least Developed Countries.




arrowKorea as a Knowledge Economy: Evolutionary Process and Lessons Learned . Edited by Joonghae Suh and Derek H. C. Chen, August 2007. 


arrowKorea’s Transition towards Knowledge Economy - the Story of one “Vision.” A concise K4D Case Study, with lessons learned, focusing on the role of the media and international cooperation.


arrowLessons from the Korean Venture Industry Development. Innovation Policy Work Background Paper, December 2004. (PDF, 1.08Mb)


arrowRepublic of Korea: Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy. This report was prepared by the World Bank and the OECD at the request of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MOFE) of the Government of Korea, as an input to its strategy for becoming an advanced knowledge-based economy. June 2000. (PDF, 12.3Mb)


Learning Events


arrowInformation Communication Technology for Education Leaders: From Vision to Action. Seoul, Korea, November 17-21, 2008. 


arrowDeveloping Knowledge Economy Strategies to Improve Competitiveness. Seoul, Republic of Korea, July 15-18, 2008.


arrowAdvanced Strategies for Development: Building Knowledge Economies for Senior Asian Policymakers. Seoul, Republic of Korea, February 2008.

arrowInitiating and Sustaining Growth Miracles: South Korea in Light of China. A brown bag lunch seminar with Dr. Wonhyuk Lim. Washington D.C, February 1, 2007.

arrowInnovation Policies and Institutions for the Knowledge Economy: A Senior Policy Forum and Study Tour to Korean Innovation Institutions. Seoul, Republic of Korea. November 29 – December 1, 2006.

arrowThe Korean Human Resources Development System and its contribution to Economic Development. Brownbag lunch with Dr. Chang-Won Jang, Senior Research Fellow of  the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education Training and Joint Professor for Economics, Department of Sung Kyun Kwan University. Washington D.C, USA. October 2006.

arrowKorea’s Rise to a Knowledge Economy. Launching Seminar for Report on "Koreaas a Knowledge Economy: Evolutionary Process and Lessons Learned." Seoul, South Korea, June 2006.


arrowKorea: Lessons Learned in Pursuit of a Knowledge Economy Strategy. Brownbag lunch with Dr. Cheonsik Woo, Vice President, Korea Development Institute. May 2006.


arrowGrowth Miracles Revisited: Origin and Evolution of Korean Economic System. Wonhyuk Lim, Korea Development Institute and Brookings Institution. January 2006. The event explored the origins of a now famous Korean Industrial policy. It showed how state capabilities developed step by step, by bootstrapping, and in response to acute economic crisis.


arrowCapacity Building in Asia: the Korea Development Institute's Experiences and Lessons.  Professor Jihong Kim, Associate Dean of the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policyand Management, shared some of the lessons the KDI has learned from its 20 years of experience working on diverse knowledge exchange programs. September 2005.


arrowInternational Conference on Technology Innovation, Private Sector Development, and Economic Growth. International conference to share Korean and global experiences on technology innovation and growth. Hangzhou, China, May 2005.


All Available Downloads


Did not find what you are looking for? The search engine below provides access to all the downloadable SIP resources relevant to Korea’s strive towards knowledge economy, big and small – books, reports, policy notes and presentations. 


kam chart smallUse an interactive database - the Knowledge Assessment Methodology (KAM), to benchmark Korea's position in the global knowledge economy.



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