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Research Trends on Administrative Ethics in Korea, 1967-2011

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2013, 24(2), pp.291-317
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

yuntaebeom 1

1한국방송통신대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study analyses articles on administrative ethics, which were published in four major Korean public administration journals from 1967 to 2011. Administrative ethics is a fundamental field of research in public administration, and so trend analysis in this area may help us to understand the discipline more generally. For a systematic analysis, this study utilizes criteria established by Cooper (2001) and Frederickson and Walling (2001) in their analyses of administrative ethics in the US. A total of 55 articles on administrative ethics were published, which represents 2.1% of the entire 4,393 articles published in the four major journals. While 55 articles are experience-centered, 35 are primarily conceptual in nature. Articles dealing with organizational context make up 39.6% of the total. When it comes to the analytical focus, a comprehensive approach that includes individual, organizational, and environmental aspects was used in 38.5% of all articles, with 4.4% of the studies focusing on administrative culture. In the “knowledge sought” category, context-oriented articles explaining ethical standards and behavioral determinants made up 40.1% of the total. Finally, 61.5% of articles were based on a positivist approach. Future trend analyses of studies on administrative ethics should include papers presented at academic conferences in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of research in this area.

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