The following was extracted from one of my lectures in the Business Culture Fundamentals Specialization of the KBC Professional Certification Program. Visit Korea Business Central for more information on the program and to register and get certified.
"...Moving on to the main lesson, item #3 in the Textbook mentions that the boss usually sits at the head of the table. There is a significant exception to this... it’s when the boss is trying to act egalitarian (or at least "employee-friendly", and especially at meals). In that case, if it’s a long table, he’ll often sit in the middle. At this point though, the hierarchy kicks back in. Guests of honor (this generally applies to any foreigners in attendance) are invited to sit across from him in the middle. On his left and right are his senior subordinates, leaving the center of the table for the top ranking attendees. Then towards the two ends of the table sit the lower-level employees. Often, the women will be found sitting together at one end of the table with low-level men congregating at the other end."