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The Korean Presidential Impeachment Process and the Korean Conglomerates

As Korea took the plunge into its current presidential impeachment crisis, it became almost immediately certain that money would surface quickly as one of the salient elements in the overall unraveling of Ms. Park Geun Hye’s presidency.

Hank Morris, KBLA

Jan. 31, 2017

KBLA Blog

When thinking about the future, why are we wrong so often?

There is an enormous amount of value in being able to see the future. If we can see what is coming around the corner, we can make better decisions, prepare better, and get a jump on our competitors.

Rodney J. Johnson, KBLA

Jan. 31, 2017

KBLA Blog

2016 - The Year of Unanticipated Risks and Unintended Consequences

As the winds of 2016 wind down, companies in Korea need to take a step back and reflect on the major events that have shaped 2016 and will shape the years to come.

Bryan Hopkins, KBLA

Jan. 31, 2017

KBLA Blog

“What are you doing in my pants?” The Art of Aesthetic Reclusion

I’ve always had a thing for the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove (竹林七 賢 죽린칠현) and Chinese hermits in general—those who give it all up for the mountains and only sometimes return.

Professor Jocelyn Clark, KBLA

Jan. 31, 2017

KBLA Blog

The Korea Discount is not always good news for Investors.

Once again a major Korean chaebol or business group has run into problems that involve its top management.

Hank Morris, Airborne Capital

Nov. 8, 2016

KBLA Blog

Competing (or not) for the Big Prizes in the Second Age of Orality

Upon awarding Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize in literature last month, Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, referred to the “American troubadour”—shall we say gwangdae here in Korea?—as “a great poet . . . a very interesting traditionalist, in a highly original way. Not just the written tradition, but also the oral one; not just high literature, but also low literature.”

Professor Jocelyn Clark, KBLA

Nov. 8, 2016

KBLA Blog

Time to refocus Korea’s nuclear power plant debate

September and October were extraordinary months in Korea. On September 12, a strong M5.8 earthquake struck the Gyeongju area near the Kori and Wolsong nuclear power stations.

Multiple Authors, KBLA

Nov. 8, 2016

KBLA Blog

Unfair Trade Practices Under Korea’s Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act

Unfair trade practices have become front and center in Korea lately as the KFTC has revised its unfair trade practices guidelines (UFP Guidelines) to protect consumers with regards to e-Commerce transactions.

Bryan Hopkins, KBLA

Nov. 8, 2016

KBLA Blog

CEO and CFO Relationship: Dynamic Duo or an Odd Couple?

In business, the complicated, ever-evolving relationship between the CEO and its CFO is central to success.

Michael Conforme, KBLA

Oct. 11, 2016

KBLA Blog

Selecting Superior Employees

4 Valuable Things to Focus on

Steven McKinney, KBLA

Oct. 11, 2016

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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

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.

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

Longing for a Way of Life We Once Chose to Transform

Two years ago, the world’s biggest IKEA came to Seoul. Larger than the chain’s Stockholm store, its floor space rivals that of the Louvre Museum in Paris.

June 29, 2016

The Strange, Secret, Wondrous Life of Information

We all know information is important to doing business. It has always been so. It is said that the first use of the telescope was to see distant trade ships coming on the horizon and to, thereby, get an edge in negotiating with sellers who were still unaware that additional supply was soon to arrive. More information, better information, equaled business advantage then and it still does today. A good understanding of the nature and tendencies of information would seem to be very valuable in that case. So let’s examine some of the interesting things about information itself both for business in general, and in particular where it applies to predicting what is going to happen next.

June 29, 2016