Good article Matt and I would not like to see it pass without comment, so I have to find something to challenge.
Asian cultures obsess over face, ego and status.
That is a gross generalization based on race. That is not to say that it is a racist statement, only that it is probably wrong in many cases to such an extent that it would be unreliable for any decision-making.
My experience, however tends help me believe that the Koreans are quite likely to behave like this on a Corporate level. I had a Korean boss (in a UN Org) once who was an extreme micro-manager and she and all her Korean colleagues with whom I worked were unable to handle any criticism of the way they worked. They seemed to be totally committed to the way things were done and to the correctness of everything that came from their superiors.
So, if the idea came from on high that this tokenism was needed then they would all jump to it. It is hard not to attribute this behaviour to being part of the culture of Korean business – but that would be another gross generalization based on race….
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