The purpose of this paper is to provide a description of the strengths and weaknesses of managerial and communicative styles present in Korea through the eyes of Western workers. An identification of common managerial practices within Korea is analyzed in comparison to those that are present in Western countries. Using the research of Geert Hofstede and others, a comparison of national work cultures helps identify the underlying cultural factors that cause the differing expectations and behaviors of both managers and employees. By using this research to aid the framework of the study, a survey was constructed to (1) identify the role that gender of managers and workers plays in the employee’'s level of happiness, (2) examine the impact that the level of English ability of Korean managers has in relation to the amount of workplace conflict with Western employees, and (3) identify the mode of communication being used by Korean managers with Western workers. The overarching goal of the study is to provide a guideline of communication methods that can be used to ensure cohesiveness for both Western workers and Korean management in the workplace.
Key-words: Korean management style, Confucian-based society, power dominance