Globalization and a new human resource policy in Korea

Seongsu Kim (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and)
Dennis R. Briscoe (University of San Diego, San Diego, California, USA)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Publication date: 1 August 1997


Korean firms are in the process of transforming their human resource management (HRM) systems to compete effectively in the global market. Whereas the traditional HRM system emphasized group harmony and age norms, the “new HR policy” emphasizes a performance‐based system. Whether the new HR policy can achieve its objectives remains to be seen. This radical change from the traditional HRM system to a new one is likely to cause a variety of problems. Discusses, specifically, four potential problems in the case of Samsung.



Kim, S. and Briscoe, D. (1997), "Globalization and a new human resource policy in Korea", Employee Relations, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 298-308.

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