The Importance of Work Relationships in East Asia

In-Sue Oh and Crystal M Harold from Temple University’s Fox School of Business in the US explore the importance of work relationships to East Asians, and how these differ from those of their Western counterparts.

People do not quit jobs – they quit supervisors and co-workers. Nowhere is this adage truer than in East Asia, where cohesion and harmony are important cultural values. A recent Deloitte study highlighted that in Asia 81% of companies find it challenging to attract top talent, while 83% find retaining talent difficult. However, rather than attribute these somewhat daunting statistics to a lack of raw talent, many experts claim this shortage to be the result of other factors, such as staff motivation and job satisfaction.

Recently conducted research by In-Sue Oh and Crystal Harold...

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