The impact of management capacity on government innovation in Korea: An empirical study

Seok Eun Kim, Jung Wook Lee

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A common assertion within public management is that management capacity drives policy outcomes. This study tests that argument, focusing on an important policy outcome-innovation. Data were drawn from the Korean government to examine the impact of government's management capacity for the adoption and implementation of innovation. The results confirm that both managerial behaviors and structures are drivers of government innovation. The adoption and implementation of innovative projects require full-scale management capacity, encompassing innovative leadership, a quality workforce, appropriate structures/systems, and the ability to manage external influences. These results suggest that public management capacity drives innovation in government by changing managerial behaviors and structures. Implications of these results for managing government innovation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-369
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Public Management Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jul

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Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration


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