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Impacts of Government Reorganization on Inter-Organizational Networks: Analysis of South Korea’s Disaster Response Networks

Chang, Sae Mi (2022) Impacts of Government Reorganization on Inter-Organizational Networks: Analysis of South Korea’s Disaster Response Networks. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Governments face challenges dealing with uncertainty and complexity under dynamic conditions of disaster. Since the disaster management system of a government involves multiple actors that are interconnected, it is critical that they maintain their respective functions despite rapidly changing environments. The purpose of this research is to seek how diverse government organizations could perform better amid disaster by developing ties with one another. The government reorganization is assumed to have influence over relationships among multiple organizations in the disaster management system. Thus, this research intends to answer the question: How does government reorganization affect the government’s inter-organizational networks and network effectiveness in the dynamics of disaster?
Although the number of research studies on government reorganization and inter-organizational networks has accumulated, efforts to associate these two topics have been scarce. Furthermore, much of the focus was on outcomes of reorganization in terms of measurable indicators such as expenditure and employment. This research proposes to examine the effects of government reorganization with respect to inter-organizational networks. Analyzing the functional arrangements before and after reorganization will help to understand how structural changes affect changes in networks performance.
The method of network analysis is employed complemented by semi-structured interviews with public officials within the Ministry of Interior and Safety. The data of two earthquakes in Korea, Gyeongju earthquake in 2016 and Pohang earthquake in 2017, are utilized and compared. The findings indicate that government reorganization does have an impact on inter-organizational networks. Noticeably, the organizations tend to be more centralized toward the organization which consolidated similar functions. In contrast, communicative power is relatively disseminated in the network where a key organization integrated dissimilar functions. The results of the interviews indicate that actual power and resources over other organizations, particularly over local government, is important to facilitate coordination in response to disaster. The implications are that to maintain stability and flexibility in disasters, it is critical to consider the structural arrangements of multiple organizations in terms of their functions.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chang, Sae Misac234@pitt.edusac2340000-0002-0982-5506
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairComfort,
Committee MemberDougherty,
Committee MemberNelson,
Committee MemberKo,
Date: 6 June 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 10 March 2022
Approval Date: 6 June 2022
Submission Date: 12 April 2022
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 277
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disaster Management Government Reorganization Inter-Organizational Network Network Effectiveness
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 12:56
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2023 05:15


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