Current Position and Educational Backgrounds
I am an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Yonsei University. I earned Bachelor’s degrees in English Language and Literature and Public Administration from Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Then, I moved to the United States where I obtained Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management fromCarnegie Mellon University and PhD degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. My doctoral dissertation is titled as “Determinants and Consequences of Collaborative Networking: Evidence in an Emergency Context.” Dr. Laurence J. O’Toole (chair), Dr. Barry Bozeman, Dr. Jeffrey Wenger, and Dr. Vicky Wilkins were on my dissertation committee. Before joining Yonsei University, I was a faculty member of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea and the International University of Japan in Japan.
General Research Interests
My general research theme is to understand public management and its impacts in public and nonprofit sectors. Especially, I am interested in the model of public management developed by O’Tool and Meier (1999), and my current and future research aims at testing and developing their model in order to contribute to better understanding of public management.
Public Management I: Modeling Public Management
I am interested in modeling public management. In 1999, O’Toole and Meier proposed a contingent model of public management, so-called the O’Toole-Meier model. By developing and/or modifying the O’Toole-Meier model, I expect to suggest future research agendas. Recent article, “Modeling Public Management: Current and Future Research” published at Public Organization Review is the first product of this on-going research.
Public Management II: Managing Organizations
I am interested in effects of organizational stability and internal management on organizational performance. Currently, I am conducting a few research projects as follows: 1) effects of innovative management on employees turnover (with Dr. Young-Joo Lee at University of Texas ad Dallas; recently accepted at Public Performance and Management Review); 2) buffering effects of administrative intensity in an emergency context (with Dr. Robert Christensen at the University of Georgia).
Public Management III: Managing Environments
I am interested in how collaborative networks and networking behaviors manage organizational environments. Recently, my research on contingent effects of top mangers’ bonding and bridging social capital on organizational performance in a time of financial difficulties is accepted at the American Review of Public Administration. In addition, I am elaborating the following themes as well: 1) effects of collaborative emergency management on organizational recovery after an emergency; 2) buffering effects of collaborative networking in an emergency context (published at International Public Management Journal); and 3) networking partner selection and its impact on the perceived success of collaboration (published at Public Performance and Management Review).
Other Research Interests
In addition to testing and developing the model of public management, I am also interested in subjects of policy diffusion, policy implementation, and emergency management as well as organizational behavior. Please find my research here.