When and How Does Business Group Affiliation Promote Firm Innovation? A Tale of Two Emerging Economies.

  • Sea-Jin Chang
  • Chi-Nien Chung
  • Mahmood I
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Abstract

In this article we compare the innovativeness of firms affiliated with business groups to that of independent firms in two emerging economies: South Korea and Taiwan. Using a comparative institutional perspective, we explore whether business groups' roles in facilitating affiliate firms' innovation varies by country and time period. On average, business group affiliates outperform independent firms in South Korea, but not in Taiwan, and in the early 1990s, but not in the late 1990s. The existence of alternative institutional infrastructures for innovation might explain these differences. Groups' abilities to share technological knowledge and financial resources among affiliates enables them to create value by promoting innovation in emerging economies, but groups' diversification might inhibit individual affiliates' innovativeness.

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  • Sea-Jin Chang

  • Chi-Nien Chung

  • Ishtiaq P. Mahmood

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