Samsung's Radical Shakeup

It's 6:45 a.m. in Seoul, bitter cold, and still dark. But phalanxes of office workers pour into the lobby of Samsung Group's headquarters. Most Koreans are just beginning to stir, but virtually all of Samsung's 120,000 employees are arriving at work. Riding up a headquarters elevator, a fortysomething executive spots a 31-year-old named Kim who's sporting a light blue suit, blue-and-white-striped shirt, and tulip-patterned tie. "You're lucky," says the executive. "When I was your age, I wouldn't have dared to dress like that."

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