[KS] Re: Restructuring of Korean Conglomerates

John Walsh WalshJ at cbs.curtin.edu.au
Tue Apr 13 21:05:21 EDT 1999

Dear Jan,

Good luck with your research. I assume that you will be monitoring (at least) the Korea Herald and Korea Trade and Industry online editions, which will at least tell you what is happening and when.

However, you might like also to question what competitiveness is and means and whether changes of ownership in industries which have, in many cases, relied to various extents upon low cost manufacturing techniques and aggressive overseas penetration constitute sustainable competitiveness in a changed international environment. 

In this vein (and at Master's level ; ) ), you  might usefully look at Porter's work on clusters of industries and related organisations (there is a useful article in the Harvard Business Review at the end of last year which will save you slogging through his lengthier works). I would also look at the publications of the Economic Development Board of Singapore (much material is available free and on-line) for detailed and explicit policies concerning the upgrading of industrial competitiveness through improving technology and adding value to existing activities. 

That should give you something to think about at least.

Best wishes,

John Walsh D.Phil.,
Research Fellow,
Institute for Research into International Competitiveness (IRIC),
Curtin University of Technology,
PO Box U1987,
Perth  WA 6845.

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>>> "Jan Wuppermann" <j_wuppermann at hotmail.com> 04/14/99 01:41am >>>
I am a German business student and currently writing my M.A. thesis on 
the restructuring of Korean conglomerates. Particularly, I conduct 
research as to whether the changes being currently implemented at the 
top five chaebol are sufficient to ensure their medium- to long-term 

I kindly appreciate any suggestions with respect to appropriate 
literature worthwile to consult and/or any other suggestions. 

In appreciation, I thank you.

Jan Wuppermann (j_wuppermann at hotmail.com)   

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