What do you expect when dealing with a south Korean company
Cultural differentiations cause a difference in how you would expect different people to relate with you in different fields of business. The South Koreans have a heavy and deep cultural background that should be taken into account by anyone who is expecting to do a business with the company’s based in the nation.
An analysis of the South Koreans according to the Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck models reveal the cultural nature of the South Koreans. According to the models concerns one being the human nature of the people is good. Most of them are basically good at heart since that is how they are born. Thus you would expect most of the companies not to be ill motivated when dealing with them. This results because of the basis of a good human nature of the people. The man nature relationship is more of a dominant over nature relationship while also considering a harmony with the nature itself. Most companies consider the fact that it is a great human challenge for them to control and overcome nature. That is why everything is believed to have been as a result of having met this challenge like from air conditioning to green revolution. Time sense is more of a past one. The companies believe that always people should learn from history strive to the continuation of the past and also the values they do live by should be drawn from the past. Time is a center stage of evaluating someone’s respect of the other business partner. One should arrive in time for meetings with a company as it’s considered to be respecting for the people you are meeting.
When holding meetings it is expected of you to send an agenda with the backup material that contains back up material containing information concerning your company and also the customer testimonials before the meeting. Activity is given a response in more of doing since they believe that if people work more hard and apply commit their efforts fully, their efforts will be their setting of rewards.
According to halls model the South Koreans are more of in polychromic culture in their time evaluation. To those companies’ human interaction is given valuation over time and materialistic things. This leads to the concern that they get things done but it is more of done in the context of their time. Since there is a tendency of the people to say yes one should communicate asking, “When can we anticipate for the arrival of the shipment?” rather than “can we anticipate for the shipment in 4 weeks time?”`
According to Trompenaars’s Model specifically in the past, present and future orientations South Korean companies mainly expect to deal more with other business associates with the intention of having a life-long business relationship. The South Korean people are always people of high context. That is why in meeting with people from the company it would be expected interpersonal space is given consideration. In conversations you would be expected to stand closer. A range of one foot or sometimes even more closer is considered to be more comfortable. You should also expect them to be more of high achievement oriented culture. In the companies someone’s status is always reflected in his/her privileges like deferential treatment and the access to resources.
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