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The Warrior Worker: Challenge of the Korean Way of Working

The Warrior Worker: Challenge of the Korean Way of Working
Robert Kearney

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In just three decades, despite endemic political corruption, the continuous state of hostility with its northern neighbour, and the effects of years of foreign oppression, South Korea has achieved an economic miracle. The South Korean workforce, more disciplined and hard-working than the Japanese, is the key to the transformation, and is now becoming a model for other emergent Far-Eastern nations. But the economic success has been achieved at a cost. A rigid authoritarianism pervades all aspects of society, crushing all dissent and protest. This book examines the nature of South Korea's economic success, and asks whether the country's current prosperity is inextricably bound up with political repression. It also considers the threat that such an economically successful and politically undesirable system poses to the West.

Table of Contents

  • Part One: The Warrior Worker. 1. Sacrifice and Glory. 2. Meet Mr. Kim. 3. The Field: A Profile of the Korean Economy. Part Two: A Superficial History of Korea and the Korean Economy. 4. The Hermit Kingdom: Korea Before 1876. 5. Korea's Modern Memory, 1876-1945. 6. Liberation, Sort Of. 7. Mutiny. Part Three: Man and Manager. 8. The Korean Way of Working: My Boss, My Father. 9. The Life Cycle of the Korean Employee. 10. Daily Rhythms: Working Eight to Eight. 11. The Industrialists. Part Four: The Future of the Korean Way of Working. 12. Bringing the War Home. 13. World of Warriors. 14. The Continuing Challenge.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd

ISBN: 9781850433439
Publication Date: 31 Dec 1991
Number of Pages: 250
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: notes, index

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