Korean Women Managers and Corporate Culture
Challenging Tradition, Choosing Empowerment, Creating Change
Routledge – 2011 – 136 pages
The typical view of Korean women is not as managers. The stereotype is of Korean women serving and pleasing men, or more recently as aggressive shopkeepers and bar-owners. Very little has been written to challenge this misconception. This fascinating book reveals there have always been managers amongst Korean women, particularly in occupations like money lending, retail and fashion, and women continue to serve after the economic crash at the beginning of a new century. Korean Women Managers and Corporate Culture illuminates the many roles of women - from management, leadership and policy making, to the more traditional positions as homemaker and wife – and describes the distinctive Korean corporate culture and economy in order to evaluate the future of women as well as that of Korea itself.
1. Confucius and the Bamboo Screen 2. The World of Korean women today 3. The Many Faces of Korean women managers 4. History as precursor: Creation myths and gender roles 5. Women Managers’ Stories 6. Growing up Korean 7. Korean corporate culture: Chaebol, Government, and the global economy 8. Korean Women in the Corporate World 9. Success for Korean Women Managers’: Leveraging Talent and Skills 10. Envisioning Korea’s future: Renewing the Golden Thread
Jean R. Renshaw is a principal in the consulting firm AJR International Associates, based in the USA, and a Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior. Previous publications include Kimono in the Boardroom: The Invisible Evolution of Japanese Women Managers.