Yonsei Global Public Administration faculty members pursue research and scholarship that expands the frontiers of knowledge in their areas of expertise. Their cutting-edge research enriches and informs classroom teaching and their achievements gain national and international recognition.
Poverty Alleviation and International Development Initiative
The Republic of Korea joined the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in 2010, embracing its role as a donor country and providing more and better development assistance. The Korean government is scaling up the Official Development Assistance (ODA) and expanding its partnership for poverty alleviation and international development. In this trend, poverty alleviation and international development initiative has been launched as an interdisciplinary approach for faculty and students interested in poverty-related issues in the developing countries.
Fighting poverty requires effective policies to reduce poverty and promote inclusive development. The design and implementation of policies for poverty alleviation and international development require a good system of information to better understand the problem: what is poverty, what causes it, whom does it affect, and what impact does development policies and programs have on poverty? The initiative seeks to set up such systems and design effective poverty reduction policies as well as theoretical models from Korea's historical experience of overcoming poverty and attaining rapid economic growth.
Learning Organization and Public Performance Projects
Learning Organization and Public Performance Projects, funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) are designed to examine critically the learning organization in the Korean quasi-governmental organizations and local governments. A learning organization is skilled at creating, acquiring, and transferring knowledge, and at modifying its behavior to reflect new knowledge and insight. Building a learning organization is pivotal in public organizations because the learning can enhance their performance and meet the citizens' demand.
The projects conceptualize the multidimensional performance of public organizations including public performance as well as efficiency-based effectiveness. Governments can improve their dynamic performance over time through better individual and organizational learning at the strategic level while linking this to advanced systems to produce outputs and achieve desired outcomes efficiently and effectively. This involves advanced capabilities, systems, institutions, culture, and practices in the whole system of organization.
The projects surveyed public employees in the Korean local and quasi-governmental organizations on learning organization and empirically verified that the multiple characteristics of a learning organization would increase public performance. They published numerous articles in the field of public administration, proposing a new agenda that moves from an instrumentalist approaches to a complete government systems approach in order to enhance public performance.
Public Governance Projects
Public Governance Projects, also funded by the NRF, starts from the belief that sound public governance, built upon a culture of integrity and stakeholder respect, is essential for advancing public trust and effectiveness. Good governance transforms not only the relationship among governments, citizens, and Congress, but the effective functioning of government itself. The projects seek to analyze and develop the good governance of state-owned enterprises and other agencies.
Despite the number and importance of agencies, authorities, and other government bodies, the systems ensure that they function in the public interest have been understudied. Public governance projects have provided unique comparative information and analysis on public governance and examined old and new governance problems involved in managing arm's length government bodies.
Local Innovative Cluster
Knowledge has become the driving force of economic growth, social development, and job creation, and the primary source of competitiveness in the world market. As a result, most countries are in a process of transition from resource-based to knowledge-based economies. This transition has raised a great deal of interest in the international research community and created new challenges for local governments to adjust their policies accordingly.
In many countries, local innovative clusters are emerging as drivers of growth and employment. They are becoming magnets for new technology, skilled personnel, and investment in research. These groups of enterprise, universities, research institutes, and governments tend to be well established and stable, innovating through strong backward and forward linkages with suppliers and customers.
Local innovative cluster studies, funded by the National Research Foundation and the Wonju Medical Instrument Cluster, published books and articles on the historical development of Wonju Medical Instrument Cluster, which came into being and grew spontaneously. The studies now investigate more direct policy tools that can be used to encourage cluster development and focus on the understanding of innovation, leadership, and the role of government in cluster development.