formance of chaebols and it is regarded that Korean economy became able to recover from the financial crisis of late 1990s due to the efficient performance and adequate restructuring of chaebols (Buzo, 2002, p187). At present, chaebols are successfully operating in South Korea significantly contributing towards the economic development (Choe and Chinmay, 2007, p232).
The essay aims to discuss the performance of Korean Chaebols after the financial crisis that hit Korea along with many other Asian countries in late 1990s. The essay examines the recovery path adopted by the Korean Chaebols to identify the factors that have contributed towards re-stability of these conglomerates after the financial crisis. It is revealed that financial crisis draw devastating impact upon the performance and growth of Chaebols however, they recovered from the crisis within few years with the help of government support and adequate business strategies and planning.
Chaebols are the South Korean business conglomerates that have attained strong position at international level and own several multinational enterprises. There are several dozen Chaebols working in Korea that are mainly operated by Korean family controlled corporate groups (Fields, 1995, p35). These Chaebols enjoy government support as well as finance that allow them evolving as well known international brands. Some of the well known Chaebols operating in South Korea include Samsung, LG and Hyundai etc. Traditionally Chaebols have played a very important role in economic as well as political progression of Korea. Chaebols have significantly contributed towards the development of new industries, markets and expansion of trade relation at international level (Kim, 1991, p272). It has been widely accepted that Chaebols have well supported Korean economy in attaining the position of East Asian Tiger (Rowley et al, 2001, p21).
Chaebols use to play dominating role in the economy of Korea because these entities remain the focus of