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Expatriate Management in Korea

Long Past Learning the Language

By Tom Coyner

JoongAng Daily

July 13, 2009

 

Abstract

Many problems experienced by expatriates here and elsewhere can be traced to a lack of local language skills.

 

 

Working as the Korean Operations' Change Agent

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

September 12 & 23, 2008

 

Abstract

Ultimately the role of an expatriate manager is to manage and assure necessary change.  To effectively accomplish this takes preparation well before a change action is initiated.

 

 

Korean Language in International Business:  an Apology

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

February 29, 2008

 

Abstract

A review of why, unlike Japanese and Chinese languages in neighboring countries, Korean is not well spoken by foreigners working in Korea.

 

 

Importance of Korea Mentors

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

September 22, 2007

 

Abstract

It is important to identify both native and expatriate mentors and know where to find them.

 

 

Playing by Local and International Rules

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

September 22, 2007

 

Abstract

It can be critical to know when to "go native" and when to leverage the advantage of being a foreign company.

 

 

Korea’s Reversed Brain Drain

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

June 28, 2007

 

Abstract

Returnee Koreans have both significant advantages and disadvantages in the Korean workplace.

 

 

Do’s and Don’ts for Foreign Employees – Part I

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

Nov.15, 2006

 

Abstract

A summary of interviews of foreign managers working in Korean corporations with their observations and advice.

 

 

Do’s and Don’ts for Foreign Employees – Part II

(Get A Korean Mentor to Succeed in Business)

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

Nov.29, 2006

 

Abstract

A continuation of interviews of foreign managers working in Korean corporations with their observations and advice –including what it’s like to be a kyopo manager.

 

 

Koreans Hold Unique View on Foreign Firms

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

Nov. 2, 2006

 

Abstract

Foreign companies, especially from the major countries, are regarded with mixed feelings.

 

 

Expat Adjustment Holds Key to Success in Korea

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

May 23, 2006

 

Abstract

There is a balance between personal time and time invested after hours with Koreans. The best balance may not be one’s natural preference upon arrival. Yet those who make the appropriate adjustments succeed; those who are not so accommodating can look forward to shipping out much too soon

 

 

Sound Advice to New Expatriates

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

May 16, 2006

 

Abstract

The top 15 consolidated answers from 20 experienced executives to the following question:  “Suppose you were flying into Seoul and you discovered the person next to you is arriving in Korea for the first time to take on a new management position. What advice would you offer?”

 

 

Getting a Handle on Korean Information

by Tom Coyner

Korea Times

June 27, 2006

 

Abstract

The foreign business person must quickly tap into information and develop expertise on how to do business in Korea. More important, he or she must know where to go for help.

 

 

Working in Korean Firms as a Foreigner

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

June 6, 2006

 

Abstract

As Korean corporations have recognized the need to bring in foreign specialists , more than a few  “speed bumps’’ have appeared along the way.

 

 

Confessions of a Waeguk Salaryman

K-Scene Magazine

May 27, 2006

 

Abstract

A young American came to Korea to work as a software programmer and quickly found himself in a personal hell.  Tom Coyner is asked to introduce some expertise on fitting into corporate Korea upon review of the programmer’s account of his experiences in a mid-sized Korean company.

 

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