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Heather Cho, former vice president of Korean Air, during her apology in December 2014.

Nepotism in South Korea

14 January 2015 - 1:40pm

The Korean Air scandal in which Heather Cho, a vice president of the airline and daughter of its chairman, lambasted a crew member for incorrectly serving macadamia nuts not according to manual, and then had the crew member removed from the flight has put the spotlight back on nepotism in corporate South Korea.

The farce has come under heavy scrutiny and public outcry in the country. Since news first broke, the young vice president has rightly stepped down from her position. There really was no other option for her. The scandal has now progressed, and Heather Cho has been arrested...

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Korean businessmen play in a water fountain on a Seoul street in 2009. (Photo by Ingmar Zahorsky via Flickr)

Insider Perspective

17 March 2014 - 6:45pm

Korea was recently named the worst place for worker productivity in the OECD, which was featured in a recent article by this magazine. This news is not surprising for any professional previously or currently working in Korea, as the notorious overtime hours coupled with years of low growth have been a widely-discussed issue over the past few years. 

So why are Korean workers, and therefore companies, apparently so unproductive? One big reason is a lack of time management skills in the general workforce. I was employed for over a year as the Global Human Resources officer of Donghwa...

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