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Successful Korean-Danish Business Network meeting on Scandinavian management

12.09.2017  10:45
Korean-Danish Business Network’s most recent meeting focused on the challenges of applying a Scandinavian management philosophy in Korea.
On Thursday, September 7th, the Korean-Danish Business Network held its late summer meeting at the Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel.
 
The well-attended meeting featured a presentation, focusing on some of the cross-cultural challenges, members of the network will have encountered both through their professional careers as well as in their personal lives.  
 

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Under the title “Scandinavian Management in Korea – A Journey from a Personal Perspective”, Helle Madsen, Danish HR Manager of IKEA, talked about her experience working as an HR Manager in Korea during IKEA’s entry into the Korean market and its further expansion. 
 

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During the presentation, Helle touched upon a number of the specific issues addressed when applying a Scandinavian management style in a Korean context. Equal pay for equal work, result-based salary in contradiction to the usual Korean seniority-based salary, introduction of extended maternity and paternity leaves with salary as some of the more colourful examples raised. 
 

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During the following Q&A session, other members of the network had the opportunity to ask about the challenges and learning lessons from Helle Madsen’s perspective. 
 
Finally, the meeting ended with a light dinner and drinks, where the network members were able to continue the discussions as well as spend some time for networking.
 
More information on the Korean-Danish business network can be found here.