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Dynamics of Interorganizational Networks in Fine Dust Management in South Korea

Lee, Seunghyun (2023) Dynamics of Interorganizational Networks in Fine Dust Management in South Korea. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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A complex policy problem is associated with a variety of contextual factors. It is often difficult to identify the problem and find appropriate policy solutions. To address the risks of a complex policy problem, multiple network actors across boundaries are involved in policy processes in crisis management. Characterizing fine dust problems in South Korea as a complex and dynamic policy problem, this study aims to identify the structures of emerging information and knowledge networks in fine dust management and to examine changes in these networks from different theoretical and methodological perspectives. Adopting the Institutional Analysis and Development (IAD) framework, the institutional collective action (ICA) framework, social network theory, and complex systems theory, this research seeks to answer the research questions: How and why interorganizational networks emerge in the fine dust management policy, and how and why did they change over time? How could interorganizational networks be improved?
This research applies a mixed-methods approach to data collection and analytical methods. The data set was collected by document review, network coding through content analysis, Q-methodology, and semi-structured interviews. Then, the collected data set was analyzed through five different analytical methods, including qualitative content analysis, social network analysis, statistical analysis, Q-methodology, and system dynamics.
The findings of this study reveal the structure and the dynamics of interorganizational networks in fine dust management in Korean governance settings that are reliant on bureaucratic and hierarchical relationships under the control of the national government. This research makes theoretical and methodological contributions to demonstrating contextual factors, action situations, and the complexity and dynamics of interorganizational networks from different perspectives and provides policy suggestions that can enhance the use of networks in connecting and redirecting fine dust-related information and knowledge for better policy-making, implementation, and outcomes.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lee, Seunghyunsel95@pitt.edusel950000-0002-6183-1823
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairComfort, Louise
Committee MemberKearns,
Committee MemberHollibaugh, Gary
Committee MemberIm,
Date: 2 February 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 8 September 2022
Approval Date: 2 February 2023
Submission Date: 1 November 2022
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 227
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: Inter-organizational collaboration, crisis management, air quality management, environmental policy, social network, policy analysis
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2023 14:10
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2023 14:10


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