Essay Cultural Analysis of South Korea

2228 Words Jan 2nd, 2013 9 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
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Social Structure
Social structure, quoted from, is “in sociology, the distinctive, stable arrangement of institutions whereby human beings in a society interact and live together.”
In terms of Korea’s social structure, the majority of people belong to the middle class, consisting of “civil servants, salaried white-collar workers in large private companies, and professionals with specialized training, such as engineers, health care professionals, university professors, architects, and journalists.” ( Education
Be it traditional or modern Korea, education is still very important. People at the top of companies require blue ribbon educational backgrounds, as education gives them cultural sophistication and technical expertise that is needed to manage large complex organizations.
According to, “Despite impressive increases in university enrollments, the central importance of education credentials for social advancement has tend to widen the gap between the middle and lower classes. Income distribution is more unequal than in Japan or Taiwan, with pronounced disparities between college and secondary-school graduates. Many workers know that their comparatively low wages make it virtually impossible for them to give their children a college education, a heavy financial burden even for middle-class families.
In the workplace, university graduate managers often treat men and women with a middle school or secondary school

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