Working with the South Koreans
Understand and manage the impact of South Korean culture on your relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, and partners.
Build relationships of trust with South Koreans colleagues, employees, suppliers and clients.
1 day – 7 hours, face to face or by video conferencing.
2 – 14 participants
Participants should preferably have some work experience with, and exposure to, multicultural environments. Proficiency level required (TOEIC 750) for the course in English.
English or French
Certificate of course completion
This “Working with the South Koreans” program is designed for any manager in charge of business development and planning on an international level dealing with South Koreans trading partners, suppliers and /or colleagues.
• Understand the foundations of South Korean culture through an overview of key historical events, demography, geography, societal development, geopolitics and traditions.
• Understand the impact of South Korean cultural values on people’s behavior, communication and work style.
• Be able to adapt to South Korean professional mind-set more effectively, building stronger relationships with employees, suppliers, and clients.
Before the seminar:
Each participant will carry out a personal cultural assessment with the online tool Country Navigator™. This tool will enable each participant to understand her/his personal values and cultural preferences and compare them to professionals of other nationalities.
During the seminar:
Our training is very participatory and experiential. Our approach includes alternating between theory and practice, simulations, and group activities. A variety of case studies and group interaction are programmed into this training course. Our objective is to engage learners mentally, emotionally and behaviorally, aligning them to the complexities and richness of intercultural exchanges with the South Koreans.
Some possible key topics
• How do the South Koreans perceive people from other cultural backgrounds and nationalities? How do you perceive the South Koreans?
• South Korean Openness and curiosity towards the world
• Culture-specific values and their impact on South Korean communication
• Importance of status and playing by the rules of hierarchy
• Concepts of time, flexibility and multitasking in South Korean work environment.
• Management styles and expectations of subordinates
• Conducting meetings, negotiating with employees and unions, and dealing with conflict and the importance of listening and of showing respect
• Adopting the appropriate negotiation style
• Welcoming South Korean employees and business partners – the role of the host