Cultural Analysis of South Korea

2256 WordsJan 30, 201310 Pages
Table of Contents Cover Page 1 Table of Contents 2 Executive Summary & Introduction of South Korea 3 Cultural Analysis & components 4 • Values & Attitudes • Manners & Customs • Personal Communication • Social Structure • Education Impact on International Business through culture 6 • Power Distance • Individualism • Uncertainty Avoidance • Masculinity/Femininity • Long-term/Short-term Orientation Conclusion 8 Reference List…show more content…
Manners & Customs Manners represent an individual by the way they dress, behave, communicate, and their etiquette, while customs refer to the traditional way that a culture is practice individually, or by a group of people. Workers are expected to bow to their seniors when they greet them, and to use only formal language to their seniors, as it is rude to speak informally to someone of higher rank. In Korean businesses, meetings are often held in evenings at a restaurant or bar. Drinking is part of the Korean culture, as Koreans believe that drinking helps to bond colleagues in the company, and an offered drink must never be refused as it is considered to be rude. Along with drinking, Karaoke is a popular activity after meetings. People who attend the meeting are usually expected to sing a solo song. Personal Communication In South Korea, the Korean language is the most frequently used language and the Koreans use Hangul as the main writing system. Quoted from kwintessential.co.uk, “The Korean language is spoken by more than 65 million people living on the peninsula and its outlying islands as well as 5.5 million Koreans living in other parts of the world. The fact that all Koreans speak and write the same language has been a crucial factor in their strong national identity.” In the present time, Korea boasts many dialects, including the standard dialect used in Seoul and central areas. Even

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