Case Study : South Korea 's Society

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY We were asked by top management to train the sales staff in our offices in South Korea. We will travel to South Korea to begin our three year assignment on May 1, 2015. There are differences in their culture, and in the manner they conduct business and live their daily lives. It is imperative these differences are learned now, allowing adequate time to prepare for the necessary adjustments. Research was conducted in the following areas: • Hofstede’s Value Dimensions. This report contains pertinent facts about South Korea’s society as it relates to Hofstede’s four dimensions. This includes whether they accept a hierarchical order, how their self-image is defined, and how they define success. It also includes, how their…show more content…
South Korea’s cultural dimensions share few similarities with the American culture’s dimensions. Information regarding their society and its relation to Hofstede’s Value Dimensions is provided. Also, there are topics related to conducting business in South Korea that are discussed. These topics include dress code, communication, management, and meetings. Information regarding daily living in this country is also included. This information spans, housing, transportation, education, mealtimes, and pastimes. Hofstede’s Value Dimensions Hofstede 's value dimensions were identified by the Dutch scientist, Geert Hofstede. He "identified four dimensions of national value systems that influence organization and employee working relationships." (Daft, 2014, p. 118)The dimensions are, power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism and collectivism, and masculinity/femininity. There is a distinct difference between the United States’ culture and South Korea 's culture as it relates to the four dimensions. The following defines each of the dimensions and the differences between the two nations’ culture as they relate to the dimensions. (Hofstede, 2001) Power distance is a society 's view on differences in power. High power distance constitutes an acceptance of power inequality in the workplace and in general. Conversely, low power distance means a nation does not accept this difference. The United
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