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A Study on Perceptual Discrepancies Due to the Relocation of Government Complex: Comparing Perceptions of Public Managers in Sejong City and those in Seoul City

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2015, 26(2), pp.115-139
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Joon-Young Hur 1 Lee Geon 2 Yoon, Kun 1

1한국행정연구원
2경기대학교

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ABSTRACT

With the relocation of a number of government agencies to Sejong City, perceptual discrepancies between public managers remaining in Seoul and those in Sejong City have begun to emerge. These discrepancies may result in negative consequences such as a lack of human integration in the organizational context. This study attempts to empirically examine whether perceptual differences between the two groups exist, explore the reasons why the differences occur, and draw out the theoretical and practical implications based on the findings. In order to do so, both survey and in-depth interview data is utilized. Based on mixed methods data, our analytical results clearly show perceptual discrepancies to exist in terms of administrative inefficiencies, bureaucratic and organizational behaviors, and policy alternatives. Drawing on in-depth interviews, we speculate the reasons for the perceptual differences between the two groups and suggest a variety of managerial alternatives to overcome the associated issues.

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