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Organizational Culture and Public Officials’ Use of Family-Friendly Work Systems: The Case of the National and Provincial Governments in South Korea

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2020, 31(2), pp.127-150
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration
  • Received : July 10, 2020
  • Accepted : August 20, 2020
  • Published : August 31, 2020

Jeong, Yeon-Baek 1 LEE, JAEWAN 2

1서울대학교
2호서대학교

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ABSTRACT

The aim of this study is to examine the extent to which public employees with children’s usage of family-friendly work systems is influenced by organizational culture embedded within the two highest tiers of the South Korean government (i.e. the national and provincial governments). To this aim, this study uses the dataset of the 2018 Public Work-Life Survey administered by the Korea Institute of Public Administration. In this study, by resorting to the Competing Values Framework, we divide organizational culture into four types: task-oriented, innovation-oriented, relationship-oriented, and hierarchyoriented. We typologize family-friendly work systems in terms of three types: maternity (and paternity) leave, workplace daycare, and flexible work arrangements. Using the data, we build a binomial logit regression model whereby the public employees’ usage of the family-friendly work systems is regressed on the four types of organizational culture extant within the national and provincial-level governmental organizations. The analysis results we report indicate that the innovation-oriented culture has a positive influence on the usage of workplace daycare whereas the task-oriented culture negatively influences the usage of maternity (and paternity) leave. The findings of this study empirically support the normative argument that fostering an organizational culture of flexibility is a necessary prerequisite to promote family-friendly work systems.

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