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Dr. Pan Suk Kim is a Professor of Public Administration in the College of Government and Business at Yonsei University in South Korea. He is also an elected lifetime international fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) in Washington, DC. He was the Dean of the College of Government and Business at Yonsei University. He received his degrees in public administration: BA degree from Chung-Ang University in Seoul, MPA from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, and Ph.D. degree from the American University in Washington, DC.

He has led a number of professional associations including the Korean Society for Public Personnel Administration (KOSPPA) as well as regional and international associations including the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA) and the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) in Brussels. He was a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UNCEPA) in New York for two terms (2006-2009 and 2010-2013) and was a Vice Chairperson of UNCEPA in 2010-2013.

He has broad experience as an expert in governmental affairs. He was Secretary to the President for Personnel Policy (Presidential Appointee) in the Office of the [Korean] President and the Minister of the Ministry of Personnel Management of the Republic of Korea. He has also served as a member of the Administrative Reform Committee (ARC) and several Policy Advisory Committees in the Korean central government.

He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Review of Public Administration (ARPA), the Korean Policy Studies Review (KPSR), and the International Review of Public Administration (IRPA) in Korea as well as a Deputy Editor of the International Review of Administrative Sciences (IRAS) published by Sage. He has published over 200 refereed articles in domestic and international journals and also authored several books. He is currently a member of the editorial board of several international journals including the Public Administration Review (PAR), the Public Management Review (PMR), the Public Money and Management (PMM), the Public Administration and Development (PAD), the International Journal of Public Administration, the Public Organization Review, the Halduskultuur (Estonian Journal of Administrative Culture and Digital Governance), and others.

He has received several awards including the International Public Administration Award (2009), the Paul P. Van Riper Award for Excellence and Service (2012), the Donald C. Stone Service to ASPA Award (2019), and the Fred W. Riggs Award (2019, SICA) from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). In September of 2017, he received the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award from the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR). In May of 2019, he received the AAPA Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Administration from the Asian Association for Public Administration (AAPA).  He is an expert on civil service reform, public management reform, and governance innovation.


Education/Academic qualification

American University Washington DC

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Research Output 1994 2019

A critical review of the 2015 South Korean civil service pension reform

Kim, P. S. & Yun Chun, J., 2019 Jan 1, In : Public Money and Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

pension reform
civil service
union and employers' representatives

Asian americans in the public service: Success, diversity, and discrimination

Kim, P. S. & Lewis, G. B., 2018 Jan 1, Diversity and Affirmative Action in Public Service. Taylor and Francis, p. 179-192 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

public service
supervisory authority
civil service

Deliberative policy-making and its limitations: the case of the Charter of Human Rights for Seoul Citizens in South Korea

Kim, D. K., Kim, P. S. & Öberg, P. O., 2018 Jan 2, In : Policy Studies. 39, 1, p. 54-69 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

South Korea
human rights
deliberative democracy

New development: A new history of collective bargaining in South Korean governance

Kim, P. S., 2018 Nov 10, In : Public Money and Management. 38, 7, p. 539-542 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

public sector

The development of China’s public administration education

Li, X., Han, Y. & Kim, P. S., 2018 Jul 1, In : Teaching Public Administration. 36, 2, p. 163-177 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

public administration
administrative science
historical development