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KBLA Polls

KBLA Polls: Crowdsourcing Predictions

If the goal is to predict the future, all of us are smarter than any one of us.

Rodney J Johnson, KBLA

Aug. 24, 2020

Business Intelligence

Introducing the KBLA Member Dashboard

At KBLA, our goal is to make Korea more accessible, transparent, and welcoming for both a local and a global audience. The KBLA Member Dashboard is the core offering of that mission.

Rodney J Johnson, KBLA

Aug. 6, 2020

Korea Intelligence, KBLA Blog

More Than Just a New Website and Some New Tools

KBLA's new intelligence tools promise to offer significantly greater value to members.

Rodney J Johnson, KBLA

July 6, 2020


It’s 2020, Do You Know Where Your Meeting Attendees Are?

We know one thing: they are not at your meeting. That’s because in-person meetings aren’t what they once were: the only game in town. In 2020, along the curve of value for cost, meetings are are not just at the low end, they are downright abysmal.

Rodney J. Johnson, KBLA

Dec. 24, 2019


Why Does KBLA Exist?

Korea needs foreign participation in the domestic economy like never before.

The world is changing and Korea is changing. Korea has new and existing challenges in rapidly weakening demographics, highly concentrated market structure, increasing protectionism, rising export similarity among competitors, low productivity growth, low domestic investment levels, and the rising importance of services. Most, if not all, of these things can be overcome through increased participation of the global business community in the Korean economy.

Rodney J. Johnson, KBLA

Nov. 24, 2019


A New KBLA for 2020

There are many changes coming to KBLA in 2020. We hope you’ll stay with us and experience all we have lined up. We think this is going to be the best iteration yet. Joining KBLA is a chance to support real change among business communities in Korea.

Rodney J. Johnson, KBLA

Nov. 19, 2019


New KBLA Tools for Business Warriors

One of the driving goals of KBLA in 2020 is to create and offer new tools to aid each member of the KBLA community in accomplishing their business goals.

We have a list of new, exploratory tools to bring out over the course of the year, all of which fall into one or more of three categories that mesh with the KBLA’s overall mission.

Rodney J. Johnson, KBLA

Oct. 29, 2019


Korean Presidential Politics -All aboard for the train to changing times- and how will the ride go for Foreign Investors?

Since Korea’s parliament, the National Assembly, passed the bill of impeachment against President Park Geun Hye on 9 December last year, nothing has been operating normally in Korean politics.

Hank Morris, KBLA

March 21, 2017


The Culture of “only a sort of They”

All good people agree,
And all good people say,
All nice people, like Us, are We
And every one else is They:
But if you cross over the sea,
Instead of over the way,
You may end by (think of it!) looking on
As only a sort of They!
—Rudyard Kipling, last stanza We and They (1926)

Professor Jocelyn Clark, KBLA

March 21, 2017


Are Young Korean Lawyers Becoming More Creative?

One of the things that impressed me about the young Korean lawyers I come into contact with is the ability to think outside of the box.

Bryan Hopkins, KBLA

March 21, 2017

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Korea’s KFTC At the Crossroads Between Antitrust and Intellectual Property

The KFTC’s recent amendment of its IPR Guidelines is a signal to the world of its increasing sophistication and aggressiveness.

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Sanjo’s “Silent Spring”

Confucius saw music as a device for self-cultivation, a vehicle of self-expression, a force of social stability, a political tool, and a medium of communion between man, nature, and supernatural powers. Psy brings us “Hangover.”

June 9, 2016

Like It Or Not, Korean Companies Face E-Discovery Issues Even In Arbitration

Though changes in the US Federal Discovery Rules as well as case law such as Zubulake have escalated the Electronically Stored Information ( ESI) costs as it relates to electronic discovery or discovery of ESI documents and information (E-Discovery) in the US, Korean companies have remained relatively complacent about it until the Dupont v Kolon case.

June 29, 2016