National Beliefs and Practices For South Korea

Big Cultural Issues In South Korean Business

People in every nation have a core set of national values or behaviors that affect the way they conduct business. The most important, which tend to vary from country to country, are described below for South Korea:

The Importance of Personal Relationships

How South Koreans Get Work Done

Communicating With South Koreans

Who Makes Decisions & How Decisions are Made

Implications of Status

Interactive Value - Belief Profile For South Korea

Click on a Defining Cultural Characteristic to learn how it affects behaviors in South Korea

Defining Cultural Characteristics in Order of Importance - The most important in business are boldCharacteristic Strength Compared to Other Countries
Strongly Personal/RelationalVery Strong Value-Belief
Indirect Communication (Valuing Relationships and Maintaining Harmony)Very Strong Value-Belief
Trust in RelationshipsStrong Value-Belief
High ReciprocityVery Strong Value-Belief
Importance of being Emotionally AwareVery Strong Value-Belief
HierarchyVery Strong Value-Belief
Power DistanceVery Strong Value-Belief
HumilityStrong Value-Belief
Collectivism/a>Very Strong Value-Belief
In-Group CollectivismVery Strong Value-Belief
Strict ProceduresStrong Value-Belief
Hard Work OrientedStrong Value-Belief
MonochronicAverage Value-Belief
AscriptionStrong Value-Belief
Circular ThinkingStrong Value-Belief
Considering Ideas and Using Intuition to Solve ChallengesAbove Average Value-Belief
Low TerritorialityStrong Value-Belief
Respect for Traditional ValuesVery Strong Value-Belief
DiffuseVery Strong Value-Belief
MasculinityVery Strong Value-Belief
Neutral (Unemotional)Strong Value-Belief
Inherent Goodness of Working HardVery Strong Value-Belief
High ContextVery Strong Value-Belief
Focus on PastStrong Value-Belief
Focus Primarily on the FutureStrong Value-Belief
ShameVery Strong Value-Belief

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South Korea Case Study 1
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South Korean Decision Making Style

How to Use Working Globally's Country Profiles

Dimensions that appear bold indicate there is a large difference between the users ?cultural preference? and those of an average person from the country selected. Italics will indicate a medium difference.

Clicking on a Cultural Dimension will open a right side-bar which describes the observable behaviors and expectations of individuals from the country under consideration.

Interpreting the "Country Profile"

The "Country Profile" table lists the most strongly held national beliefs (cultural dimensions), usually less than 20, that underlie most of the specific actions/behaviors you will encounter when working in that nation.

Clicking on any listed "cultural dimension" will display a general description of the significance of this cultural dimension and a discussion of specific practices or behaviors resulting from this belief. These are the actions you should look for when you start working with your multi-national colleagues.

Appreciating the underlying national beliefs will keep you from leaping to wrong judgments (see The Ladder of Inference).

Applying this information to step three of the four step "Golden Rule" will help you avoid national belief based conflicts.

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