How doing wrong is different in the East and West | The Oxford Review - OR Briefings

How doing wrong is different in the East and West

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Research into company computer abuse in Korea has thrown up an important difference between East Asian workers and their Western colleagues: where Westerners may be more afraid of being busted and punished, Koreans of the impact on their social standing. For multinational companies with interests in the East and West, this is an important factor to consider in management approaches.

Computer information system abuse

The research looked at attitudes to five forms of information abuse: leakage of organisational information, use of pirated software, password sharing, use of an external device and staying logged into the system while the user is away from the terminal. While these are serious abuses, they are not the only forms, for example software piracy isn’t seen in the same terms in the East as it is in the West.

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