KT&G of South Korea: Analyses Concerning Privatization
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Korea Tobacco and Ginseng (KT&G) is a leading tobacco and ginseng company in South Korea, as well as one of the most successful cases of privatization in the country’s history. This case examines KT&G’s business operations during the process of privatization and afterwards in an environment of increasing foreign competition and investment. This case provides a valuable lesson for investors interested in the volatile process of privatization.
- Provide students with an opportunity to critically examine the changes that occurred during KT&G’s transformation from a public to private company.
- Provide students with both qualitative (corporate policy) and quantitative (financial data) evidence with which to analyze how changes in corporate structure affect various aspects of business such as accounting, strategy and executive remuneration.
- Provide an opportunity to engage and develop counter-factual reasoning: that is, encourage students to explore different scenarios that could have occurred and compare these with the real events.
South Korea, Large, 2002
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