Gender equality in Korean firms: Recent evidence from HR practitioners

  • Patterson L
  • Bae S
  • Lim J
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Abstract

Using surveys of human resource (HR) practitioners in Korean
organizations, this paper seeks to determine why, given mass education
and recent gender policy legislation, discrimination continues in South
Korea by exploring the underutilization of women within Korean firms in
respect to their organizational characteristics and HR practices in
relationship to the recruitment, organization of work, and fair
treatment in the workplace. Findings from HR practitioners identified
likely causes for the gender workforce abnormalities, regardless of
industry or firm size, as a function of cultural effects, since
foreign-owned firms practice more egalitarian HR practices. These
sociocultural norms and HR practices may have a negative economic effect
on firms. It will take time for the Korean workplace to treat everyone
as equals.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Culture and climate
  • Employee participation
  • Gender diversity
  • South korea
  • Work-life conflict

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Authors

  • Louise Patterson

  • Seong O. Bae

  • Jung Yeon Lim

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