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Examining professional emergency managers in Korea

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  • Ha, Kyoo-Man
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Title Examining professional emergency managers in Korea
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Material Type Articles
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Ha, Kyoo-Man

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[Amserdam, Netherlands] : Elsevier

Date 2017-01
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Environmental Impact Assessment Review:vol.62
Pages 7
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Employment
Government and Law < Public Safety
Holding Elsevier
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Abstract

Although the number of emergency managers has risen in South Korea (hereafter referred to as Korea) over the years, their role is not yet as defined and noteworthy compared to other professions because of its unidisciplinary approach. This article investigates how Korea has to improve emergency managers' disciplinary approach to ultimately contribute to the goal of effective transnational disaster management. This study uses qualitative content analysis of government policies, college curricula, nongovernmental organizations' (NGOs') emergency-manager certification, and mass media coverage to compare emergency managers' unidisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches. The key tenet is that Korea must change its emergency managers' unidisciplinary approach into a multidisciplinary approach because the former is less effective when dealing with complicated disaster management systems. To achieve this change, the stakeholders must carry out their assigned responsibilities under risk-oriented management. As for the study's international implications, developing nations may consider the enhancement of related educational curricula, collaborative learning, continuous evaluation, disaster awareness, and disaster prevention for the emergency managers' multidisciplinary approach.