Changing corporate culture over time in South Korea

Yung Ho Cho, Gyu Chang Yu, Min Kyu Joo, Chris Rowley

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Corporate culture change is an interesting topic, not least since cultures are often seen as deeply ingrained and slow moving. Here we look at the example of the large, diversified conglomerates in South Korea - the chaebol. This is partly because of their strong corporate cultures, importance in the country's economic development and growth and growing public and political backlash against what are seen as overly powerful institutions. We find that over the decade from one crisis, the 1997 Asian financial crisis, to the next, the 2008 global financial crisis, there has indeed been change between and within chaebol corporate cultures. However, this is not as straightforward as it seems and the situation in and after 2011 has become even more complex, mainly due to changes in the global environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-17
Number of pages9
JournalAsia Pacific Business Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014 Jan


  • Asia
  • Korean business
  • South Korea
  • chaebol
  • change
  • culture


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