The Two Sides of Korean Administrative Culture: Competitiveness or Collectivism?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Two Sides of Korean Administrative Culture

Competitiveness or Collectivism?, 1st Edition

By Tobin Im


110 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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This book explores two contradictory aspects of the Korean culture: competitiveness and collectivism. These two major concepts describe the dynamics of Korean public organizations, which explain the Hangang RiverEconomic Miracle and political democratization. However, not many studies have focused on how competition within the central government, that is, competition among different agencies, has led to an overall competitive government. This book attempts to do so and explains how competition contributed to the rapid economic growth of Korea.


'There are varieties of possible explanation of Korea’s accomplishments. This book provides a noble and fresh idea in explaining the dynamic growth of Korea by choosing ‘competitiveness’ as a major contributor.' — Seonil Cho, Professor, Sunchon National University of Korea

Table of Contents

1. Competition: A Novel Concept?

2. Competition Traits as Psychological Drivers

3. Competition Within an Organization

4. Competing with an Organization

5. Governance from the Competition Perspective

6. Competition and Governance in the Future

About the Author

Tobin Im is Professor at the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Public Governance in Asia

Focusing on new governance challenges, practices and experiences in and about a globalizing Asia, particularly East Asia and Southeast Asia, this focus series invites upcoming and established researchers all over the world to succinctly and comprehensively discuss important public administration and policy themes such as government administrative reform, public budgeting reform, government crisis management, public private partnership, science and technology policy, technology-enabled public service delivery, public health and aging, talent management, and anticorruption across Asian countries. The book series presents compact and concise content under 50,000 words long which have significant theoretical contributions to the governance theory with an Asian perspective and practical implications for administration and policy reform and innovation.

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