What matters in technology leakage in small and medium enterprises: the case of Korea

So Young Sohn, Seok Jin Hong, Won Kyung Lee

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Technology leakage in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is a critical issue because while the number of main technologies in SMEs is small, these technologies are crucial to their survival. Related factors must be identified to prevent technology leakage from SMEs. In this paper, we use logistic regression to find significant factors in Korean SMEs, focusing on three aspects: characteristics of the technology, prevention strategy, and firm’s R&D characteristics. We use a survey conducted by related national institutions. According to the results of our empirical study, interaction effects among the factors of technology characteristics have highly significant effects on technology leakage. In particular, the interaction effect between the time needed to imitate the technology and the stage of business growth appears to have the highest influence on technology leakage. Based on our results, detailed strategies for preventing technology leakage are inferred in order to help SMEs prioritise their resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-555
Number of pages13
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 3

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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