A New Perspective on Korean Women Leaders’ Career Development

  • Namhee Kim
  • Pyoung-gu Baek
Part of the Current Perspectives on Asian Women in Leadership book series (CPAWL)


Affected by cultural traditions, Korean women tend to change careers in response to life situations, and are more receptive to social and cultural influences that ask them to fulfill women’s roles and responsibilities. The outside demands often lead Korean women to unexpected career changes. Inspired by Krumboltz’s happenstance career theory (Journal of Career Assessment, 17(2), 135–154, 2009), yet calling for a more indigenous approach to Korean women’s career development, Chap. 4 discusses Korean culture influencing Korean women’s lives, their career orientation, and unexpected and unplanned aspects of their career paths and development. Research implications for future research topics are offered, as well as practical implications in terms of propositions helpful to teach and educate career adaptability for future women leaders in Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Namhee Kim
    • 1
  • Pyoung-gu Baek
    • 2
  1. 1.Northcentral UniversitySan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Jung Won UniversityGoesanSouth Korea

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