Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for development of small and medium-sized exporters in East Asia: Republic of Korea
Yoo Soo Hong
Within Asia, the Republic of Korea has been hailed as a successful model economy in IT development (see table 1). This does not mean, however, that Korean firms are exempt from the digital divides found elsewhere. The Korean government has been working assiduously to improve the environment and infrastructure so that SMEs can use IT more actively and effectively in their businesses. The Korean government has been successful in some of its policies and measures in this area, but the overall success of such efforts has not measured up to the resources the government has devoted to the task. The purpose of this study is to review and analyse the use of IT by Korean SMEs, in order to identify what factors facilitate or hinder their attempts to digitise, thus providing guidance for the formulation of government policies and assisting the private sector's efforts in this area.