This study examines how the characteristics of cooperative R&D projects in the public domain impact ICT convergence. Based on the analysis of 416 cooperative R&D projects under the ICT Industry Convergence R&D Program in Korea, the results found that the characteristics of cooperative R&D projects significantly impact ICT convergence. Participation of public research institutes and universities is critical for ICT convergence compared with that of firms. However, in firm-to-firm cooperation, the participation of SMEs contributes to cross-sectional convergence while the participation of large firms leads to overall and longitudinal convergence. R&D intensities such as the number of partners and government subsidies have an inverted U-shaped relationship with technology convergence. Project duration and homogeneous partners are also critical factor for ICT convergence. The results present a number of implications and guidelines how to effectively organize cooperative R&D projects to facilitate technology convergence.
Technology Convergence, Cooperative R&D Projects, R&D Intensity, Project Duration, Homogeneity of Partners
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Heongu Lee, Pang Ryong Kim, and Hangjung Zo, "Impact of Cooperative R&D Projects on ICT-based Technology Convergence," to be published in ETRI Journal, 2017.