A Case Study of Public Organizational Culture in South Korea: Focus on the Korean Government’s Handling of the Ferry Tragedy in 2014

By Jinman Kyonne.

Published by Organizational Cultures: An International Journal

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There have been several studies seeking to understand the differences in organizational cultures between the Western and Asian countries. For example, Geert Hofstede (2001) tested them based on the five dimensions of organizational culture: power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism, masculinity, and long-term orientation. The purpose of this study is to explore the characteristics of public organizational culture in South Korea through adopting these five cultural dimensions. To find them, this study uses the case of the South Korean government’s handling the ferry tragedy in 2014, in which many critical points have been raised about the system and the organizational culture. This effort is aimed at finding problems at an organizational level and helping to understand the more profound differences between public organizational cultures in Asian and Western countries.

Keywords: Social Organizational Culture, Government System, Ferry Tragedy in 2014, Power Distance

Organizational Cultures: An International Journal, Volume 15, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.27-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: December 30, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 410.803KB)).

Prof. Jinman Kyonne

Professor, Department of Public Administration, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea

Jinman Kyonne is a professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies(HUFS) in South Korea. He has achieved bachelor and master degrees in Public Administration at HUFS and master and Ph. D. degrees in Social Work at the University of Missouri-Columbia in U.S. Research and teaching interests include social welfare policy, child care, program evaluation, policy analysis, organization theories and international social work. His research has appeared in various journals including Perspectives on Social Work, Global Studies Journal, and International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, etc.