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n. pl. chaebol
A conglomerate of businesses, usually owned by a single family, especially in Korea.

[Korean chaebeol (formed on the model of Japanese zaibatsu, zaibatsu, by using the Korean pronunciation of the two Chinese characters with which the Japanese word is written) : chae, wealth (from Early Middle Chinese, dzəj; see zaibatsu) + beol, powerful family (from Early Middle Chinese buat; see zaibatsu).]


(Commerce) a large, usually family-owned, business group in South Korea
[C20: from Korean, literally: money clan]
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According to Amsden, the South Korean government extended trade protection and subsidies to the nation's large diversified business groups, or chaebol, encouraging them to penetrate the low end of foreign markets, but disciplining the groups for any perceived mismanagement.
Roh will also challenge the chaebol, the Korean conglomerates that have dominated Korean economic life and dictated much of its politics as well.
At the same time, the government also managed to favor the chaebol, groups of diversified companies owned by a handful of families.
After four days of wrestling with issues from global affairs to new technology, from creativity to cross-cultural strategies, the symposium participants were tasked with trying to solve a real-world case-study problem, the repositioning of the Korean chaebol LG Corp.
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Roubini was the clearest exponent of the structural weakness view, highlighting twelve vulnerabilities -- ranging from the bankruptcy of a number of the chaebol to significant political uncertainty -- already apparent in early 1997.
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