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4th Industrial Revolution and Firms’ Adaptation

  • Journal of Regional Studies and Development
  • Abbr : JRSD
  • 2019, 28(1), pp.59-78
  • DOI : 10.22739/ipaid.2019.28.1.59
  • Publisher : Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development: IPAID
  • Research Area : Social Science > Area Studies > Regional Studies in general > Comparative / Statistical Regional Studies
  • Received : December 27, 2018
  • Accepted : April 17, 2019
  • Published : April 30, 2019

Hong Sung Hyo ORD ID 1 Nam, Soo Joong 1

1공주대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper estimates the degree to which firms are adaptative to 4th industrial revolution using Information Society Statistics and Census on Establishments. We measure firms’ adaptiveness to 4th industrial revolution by indexing whether they use Big Data, IoT, Cloud Computing, and Smart Work which represent new technologies and paradigms of production and consumption in 4th industrial revolution era, and then show its geographic distribution and differences across industries. Moreover, by decomposing the change in the adaptiveness over 2013-2016 into one in the composition of firms with different traits and the other in the adaptiveness by traits, we suggest the direction of policies for firms to acclimate the business environments which drastically change. According to empirical results, the change in firms’ adaptiveness to 4th industrial revolution seems to be affected roughly equally. However, since the key factors appear to be remarkably distinct across regions, policies reflecting the situations of the local economy need to be designed.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.