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After-Development DynamicsSouth Korea's Contemporary Engagement with Asia$
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Anthony P. D'Costa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729433.001.0001

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Foreign professionals in South Korea

Foreign professionals in South Korea

Integration or alienation?

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(p.185) 10 Foreign professionals in South Korea
Source:
After-Development Dynamics
Author(s):

Albert Kraeh

Fabian Jintae Froese

Hyunmi Park

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729433.003.0010

This chapter documents the current foreign talent situation in South Korea and identifies some of the reasons why many foreign professionals leave the country before their contracts end. The chapter reports on the findings of a survey covering about 150 foreign professionals in Korea. The findings show that many foreign professionals in Korea are not satisfied with their work and life conditions. Long working hours, poor communication, strict hierarchies, and difficulties in integrating into traditionally managed Korean firms are some of the principal reasons for their dissatisfaction and departure. The chapter suggests the significance of securing and integrating foreign professionals in an increasingly tight labor market for professionals through multicultural policy and offers practical insights for Korean MNCs and policymakers for retaining foreign professionals.

Keywords:   foreign professionals, retention management, global war for talent, long working hours, poor communication, strict hierarchies, difficulties in integrating, multicultural policy

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