S-Space College of Business Administration/Business School (경영대학/대학원) Institute of Industrial Relations (노사관계연구소) Seoul Journal of Industrial Relations (노사관계연구) Journal of industrial relations vol.12 (2001) (노사관계연구)
The Culture of Industrial Relations in Korea: Toward an Alterternative Approach
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- 서울대학교 노사관계연구소
- Journal of industrial relations, Vol.12, pp. 77-99
- This paper is aimed at providing an illustrative case for an alternative
approach to industrial relations, which entails 1) a 'culturalist' scheme of
explanation for the unique nature of industrial relations in Korea and 2)
and 'indigenized' account of the peculiarities of Korean industrial relations.
drawing upon cultural resources available in Korean Language and tradition.
The culturalist approach her, first, brings in the historical
background of Korean industrial relations which has led it to be highly
politicized and ideologically charged, and second, relies behavior manifested
in industrial relations. In this effort, two major types of such resources are
utilized. a) central principles of social organization in Korea, for example.
hierarchical authoritarianism clashing with equalizing tendencies.. factionalism
rooted in connectionism and personalism, and ritualism or formalism
coupled with moralism, and b) some illustrative cases of Korean language
usages, such as myongbun, chemyon, nunchi, and Ki-ssaum. It is argued
that this indigenous approach does not only provide alternative explanations
not available in the existing theories prevailed by Western
intellectual tradition but offers explanations that are more akin to and
make better sense to the Korean people themselves. so that it might also help supply more relevant answers to resolve problems of industrial
relations in Korean society.