R&D Transitions in Response to Digital Transformation in Korea

  • Lim, Jongyeon (Center for R&D Investment and Strategy Research, Korea Institute of Science & Technology Information (KISTI)) ;
  • Lee, BangRae (Center for R&D Investment and Strategy Research, Korea Institute of Science & Technology Information (KISTI)) ;
  • Won, Dongkyu (Center for R&D Investment and Strategy Research, Korea Institute of Science & Technology Information (KISTI))
  • Received : 2022.04.25
  • Accepted : 2022.05.17
  • Published : 2022.06.20


With the rapid development of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digital transformation, scientific and technological innovation measures are being devised to overcome Korea's low-growth, high-cost structure. Accordingly, by examining the R&D investment evaluation system of R&D PIE (R&D Platform for Investment and Evaluation), which has been promoted by the Korean government in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, from the perspective of R&D transformation, this study aims to explore a new path for a sustainable national science and technology innovation system following digital transformation. In particular, from the perspective of R&D PIE, a MLP (Multi-level Perspective), which had been conducted as an abstract theoretical study, was attempted with specific cases and analysis for each of the three layers: niche, landscape, and regime. In conclusion, R&D PIE was intended to elevate the abstract R&D investment evaluation system to a platform that leads innovation in the digital space of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In addition, it was confirmed that the R&D PIE could be replaced or enhanced as a platform for innovation in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, thereby providing an alternative to job creation and an escape from economic crisis.



This project has carried out by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) with support from the Ministry of Science and ICT of Korea (from 2017 to the present).


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