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The Organisational Culture of the Chaebol and Workplace Inequality: Stunted Mobilities of Korean Chinese Employees in a Beijing Subsidiary

Title
The Organisational Culture of the Chaebol and Workplace Inequality: Stunted Mobilities of Korean Chinese Employees in a Beijing Subsidiary
Authors
Yoon S.J.
Ewha Authors
Sharon Yoon
Issue Date
2019
Journal Title
Journal of Contemporary Asia
ISSN
0047-2336JCR Link
Citation
Journal of Contemporary Asia vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 78 - 103
Keywords
Asian financial crisischaebolhuman resource managementKorean Chinesemultinational corporationsorganisational culture
Publisher
Routledge
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
The chaebol’s organisational culture was the target of much criticism when the Asian financial crisis hit the Korean economy in 1997. Despite much research on the topic over the past two decades, there continues to be a lack of consensus on the efficacy of reforms implemented since then. While some have focused on persisting patterns of paternalism, others have highlighted the structural changes implemented. This article revisits this debate by analysing the ways in which culture influences the implementation of structural reforms as a legitimating ideology. By analysing ethnographic data of a chaebol subsidiary in Beijing, the article demonstrates how cultural tropes of the company as a family and women as caretakers, popularised under the Park Chung Hee regime, have continued to shape perceptions of competence in the workplace. In particular, despite the crucial role that Korean Chinese employees have played in helping the chaebol penetrate Chinese markets, their bilingual and bicultural skills are devalued. Instead, the feminisation of their labour has justified their continuing marginalisation in the firm. © 2018, © 2018 Journal of Contemporary Asia.
DOI
10.1080/00472336.2018.1488176
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