The Digital Transformation of the Korean Music Industry's GPN

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The popular music industry in Korea (K-pop industry) has become a key area of the cultural industry of leading the Korean wave. As the production system in the music industry has been globalized and digitalized, the K-pop industry also has benefited from global collaborators and consumers. It has also shifted the K-pop industry’s focus from offline to online, from albums to songs, from domestic providers to international suppliers, from audio sound to visual images, from owning to accessing, and from limited integration to global collaborative network. While the literature on the K-pop industry has focused on the industry’s overall expansion, there has been little research on how recent digitalization has impacted global production networks (GPN) in the K-pop industry and how main actors, creators such as lyricists, composers, arrangers, singers, and consumers have played certain roles in the digitalized GPN. Especially, there has been limited attention to different types of collaboration networks among creators and changes of the networks over time within the K-pop industry. Hence, this research focuses on 1) how digitalization has altered the GPN of the K-pop industry and 2) the digitalized GPN of the K-pop industry has changed the actors’ behaviors over time. This study aims to contribute to the GPN literature by examining the influence of digitalization on the creative industry’s production network and the actors’ dynamics within it.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Mar 2022


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