Continuing Professional Education for Japanese Government Officials: Study Destinations and Motivational Factors

Ayaka Noda, Mikyong Minsun Kim

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Abstract

The Japanese government's Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs have sent officials to graduate and professional schools in Japan and abroad. This research examines the destination choice patterns of CPE participants and the reasons they choose Japanese or U.S. universities. Interviews with CPE participants suggested that U.S. schools attracted Japanese government officials by offering a wider range of courses emphasizing the integration of theory and practice. Boshier's motivational orientation model was applied to better understand CPE motivations and reasons. Notably, no participant identified "social welfare" as an important motivator, but "employment benefit" and "upgrading personal market value" factors emerged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-555
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Volume36
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • continuing professional education
  • government officials
  • reasons or motivations
  • study destinations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Public Administration

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