Wat Phra Dhammakaya: Models of Network Management for the Stability of Thai Society

Natnapa Pujjungkato, Songkoon Chantachon, Kosit Paengsoi

Abstract


The purpose of this qualitative research was to study 1) the historical background establishment of Wat Phra Dhammakaya network in Thai society, 2) the current circumstances and problems of Wat Phra Dhammakaya network management in Thai society, and 3) the models of network management for the stability of Thai society. Fieldwork data and documents collected using a survey, observations, interviews, and focus-group discussions. Sixty informants were selected from Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Prachin Buri Provinces. It was found that Wat Phra Dhammakaya network was established during 1986-2012 due to faith in teaching of Dhammakaya Enlightenment. The existing situation and problems were organization management, personnel administration, seeking resources, assistance, public relations, and team work. Network management models for stability of Thai society included governance, promotion of education, propagation, and infrastructure.

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/ach.v6n2p156

Asian Culture and History   ISSN 1916-9655(Print)   ISSN 1916-9663 (Online)

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