Industrial Relations in Korea: Diversity and Dynamism of Korean Enterprise Unions from a Comparative Perspective, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Industrial Relations in Korea

Diversity and Dynamism of Korean Enterprise Unions from a Comparative Perspective, 1st Edition

By Jooyeon Jeong


176 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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A key factor in Korea's economic success is the nature of industrial relations in Korean business and industry. Joo-Yeon Jeong presents a comprehensive survey of the current state of industrial relations in Korea. He shows how union membership has changed over recent decades, and how the focus of bargaining has widened from purely financial considerations to include a much wider range of issues including, principally, issues related to job security. In addition, the book considers the role of government in shaping the legal and institutional environment, and of employers, who have taken a more aggressive role towards unions since the mid-1990s.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Diversity and Dynamism in Organizations of Enterprise Unions 3. Enterprise Union Organization, Bargaining and Disputes in the Economic Developmental 4. Growth of Enterprise Unions in the Democratization Period 5. Decline of Enterprise Unions during the Sluggish Economic Growth Period 6. Conclusion

About the Author

Jooyeon Jeong is Professor in the Department of Economics at Korea University, Seoul. His main research interests include the examination of enterprise unions, bargaining and vocational training in Korea. He obtained his PhD in 1994 from the Industrial Relations Research Institute in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and he has published several articles in major international journals including the British Journal of Industrial Relations (1995), Economic and Industrial Democracy (1995), Journal of Industrial Relations (2001), and Industrial Relations Journal (2003, 2005).

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Korean Studies

Korea is currently experiencing its most significant transformations since the end of the Korean war. This series is a showcase for the latest research on North and South Korea. The series is interdisciplinary in its focus.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Communication / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies