Books on Business & economy

Peter Corbishley analyses two recent books on the subject of the company that epitomises Korea Inc.   Two recent books on Samsung Samsung v Sony In 2010 Tony Michell published his long awaited work on Samsung Electronics. [1] Sea-Jin Chang wrote Sony v Samsung [2] in 2008. The opposition between the two companies seems to […]

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Bad Samaritans Banned from Bases

by Philip Gowman 29 October 2010
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Korea's constitutional court confirms that Ha-joon Chang's "Bad Samaritans" is too dangerous to be read by the military http://bit.ly/aLpxtz # The 2nd Article of the 16th Clause of the military discipline rule stipulates that soldiers may not produce, copy, keep, transport or acquire subversive documents, books or any other means of expression, and to report […]

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Samsung whistleblower’s new book

by Philip Gowman 22 May 2010
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Former Samsung insider takes on Korean conglomerate http://bit.ly/cdV30I. Andrew Salmon reports for CNN on the new book “Think Samsung” by Kim Yong-cheol. Only available in Korean so far. via @JamesTurnbull. Companies: Samsung

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Korea Yearbook 2008

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2009
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Korea Yearbook 2008 Eds Rüdiger Frank, James E Hoare, Patrick Köllner, Susan Pares Brill, 2009 The 2008 Korea Yearbook – Politics, Economy and Society does many of the things that a reader might expect: it contains a collection of papers which review the key developments in its chosen subject areas for the past year. At […]

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The wave that never was? Mark James Russell’s Pop Goes Korea

by Philip Gowman 8 February 2009
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Mark Russell’s book is a fun and informative account of the Korean entertainment industry. Read a full-length review.

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Donald Kirk on the late 90s financial crisis

by Philip Gowman 19 January 2009
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A review of Donald Kirk’s 1999 book “Korean Crisis: Unraveling of the Miracle in the IMF Era”

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Richard Stubbs: Rethinking Asia’s Economic Miracle

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2007
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(Palgrave MacMillan, 2005) Stubbs’s thesis is simple: that one of the key drivers of Asia’s economic growth has been not free market economics, not Confucian values, not the developmental state, not Japanese or American hegemony, but war, both hot and cold. Stubbs takes seven countries – South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and […]

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Ha-Joon Chang: Bad Samaritans

by Philip Gowman 18 July 2007
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Random House, 2007 Read a typical book which espouses liberal free-trade globalisation and a typical reaction is “Yes, but…” Books such as “Lexus and the Olive Tree” are well written, and carry you along in the sweep of the argument. But you have a niggling sense of unease that something must be wrong with what’s […]

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Tom Coyner and Song-Hyon Jang: Mastering Business in Korea

by Philip Gowman 5 July 2007
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(Seoul Selection, 2007) With a title like “Mastering Business in Korea” the current book might well turn off the casual reader. But as well as having, as its title suggests, a business angle, it can also be used as a more general cultural guide. And because this is a practical book written by people who […]

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Sea-Jin Chang: Financial Crisis and Transformation of Korean Business Groups

by Philip Gowman 14 November 2006
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The Rise and Fall of Chaebols (Cambridge, 2003) A welcome and very detailed examination of the history and structure of the Korean business conglomerates. The strengths of this book are manifold. First and foremost is the wealth of evidence sourced from the Korea Information Service which provides some raw data for some hard conclusions. And […]

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Mark Clifford: Troubled Tiger

by Philip Gowman 5 July 2006
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(M.E. Sharpe, 1998) Chronicles the modern history of Korea from the 1960s to the mid-90s, focusing on the drive for economic growth and the control exerted by the Blue House over the direction of the economy. Clifford gives us a politically balanced view, emphasising the successes of Park Chung-hee, but not shrinking from laying bare […]

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