The East-West Center Research Program will present a discussion of aspects of the political economy of South Korea and the Northeast Asian region on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at 12 noon in Burns Hall room 3012.
The speaker will be EWC POSCO Visiting Fellow Jonathan Westover. His topic is “The Evolving International Political Economy of South Korea and the Northeast Asian Region: A Focus on Shifting Workplace Orientation, 1981-2014.”
According to Westover, cross-disciplinary research on worker attitudes and workplace conditions has linked worker experiences to many individual, organizational, and social outcomes. Such research has failed, however, to shed light on why cross-national differences in worker satisfaction and engagement and their determinants persist. Some research suggests that differences are due to cultural factors, but this approach has failed to show why countries with similar cultural orientations still experience significant differences. Thus there remain questions about the causes of the differences and the long-term effects of sustainable economic development and labor prosperity. Moreover, few studies have looked at changes in work quality cross-nationally from the perspective of workers while accounting for country-contextual characteristics.