Major Constraints and Possible Solutions for Performance Management in Korea

Pan Suk Kim, Kil Pyo Hong

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South Korea (hereafter Korea) has had a later start than advanced Western countries in the use of performance management methods. However, over the past 15 years or so, Korea has had experience in using various performance management systems in many different areas. This study first explains the development of performance management and the level of its application in the Korean public sector. After that, this study attempts to identify the constraining factors (the competitive environment, incentives and discipline, management governance, value orientation, and the time frame of the performance process) on the effectiveness of performance management in the public sector and seeks ways to overcome such limitations, based on the diverse experience of performance management systems in the Korean public sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1137-1153
Number of pages17
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Pan Suk Kim’s work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (NRF-2010-413-B00024). However, Kil Pyo Hong’s work was not covered by any grants and he is a corresponding author.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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