Working with any project team is challenging, but working with international clients can add additional nuances you need to consider. Here are some things you should know when working with colleagues in South Korea.
Corporate Etiquette in South Korea
South Koreans expect your punctuality for social and business occasions, but may be late themselves due to extreme pressure put on executives there. Prepare to exchange business cards at your first meeting, giving and receiving the card with both hands. Be patient as South Koreans prefer to cultivate a personal relationship initially, so follow their lead for discussing business.
Expect meetings to run long and negotiations to be a process, making sure your manner is strong but not forceful. Follow up with written notes of things accomplished including open-ended questions that require more than a “yes” or “no” answer for next steps. Look for a low, slow bow at the end of meetings as a sign of success.
Top 3 Project Management Applications for South Korea
You need your project to run smoothly, and effective communication via the best collaborative software is vital. Here are our product recommendations for the South Korean market.
monday.com Work OS is the project management software that helps you and your team plan, execute, and track projects and workflows in one collaborative space. Manage everything from simple to complex projects more efficiently with the help of visual boards, 200+ ready-made templates, clever no-code automations, and easy integrations. In addition, custom dashboards simplify reporting, so you can evaluate your progress and make data-driven decisions.
Tackle complex projects with Wrike’s award-winning project management software. Break projects into simple steps, assign tasks to team members, and visualize progress with Gantt charts, Kanban boards, and calendars. Manage resource allocation and forecasting with software that’s easy to launch. Automation and AI features strip away time-consuming admin tasks so you can do the best work of your life. Streamline your practices, align your team, and ensure you hit deadlines and stay on budget.
Cloud Computing in South Korea
South Korea is 12th on the 2016 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard due to its thriving digital economy and endeavors toward interoperability. South Korea has current privacy and intellectual property legislation, they support the use and expansion of cloud computing, and they pledged $1.7 billion toward updating and expanding their broadband capabilities by 2020.
South Korea signed the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement. They also add a layer of local testing on some IT products already approved by the international Common Criteria for Information Technology Security. South Korea could stand to improve their cyber-crime laws to insure better security, and could switch from national to international encryption for IT security devices.
South Koreans are polite people proud of their culture including a distinct way of dressing, unique cuisine and a different language than neighboring countries. Dressing well is important to them, so a formal suit and tie for men and conservative business attire for women is appropriate. They esteem education to facilitate economic success.
South Koreans exhibit a reserved manner, so watch for social cues as you conduct business. Take time to establish a personal relationship letting your South Korean counterparts set the pace for business discussions.