Confucian Values in Modern East Asian Businesses
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From the Paper:"Confucius, a statesmen and thinker of the tumultuous Spring and Autumn Period, is a prominent figure in any discussion of ancient Chinese philosophy, as his system of social ethics conveyed in The Analects continue to shape Chinese society. Confucianism has persisted and resurfaced in East Asia today in many facets, including in the corporate world. Though not originally intended to be read in a business context, certain companies today have internalized and adapted aspects of Confucian values, including hierarchical structures as drivers of behavior and decisions, into their cultural practices. However, these values may also create tension with other business styles in a non-East Asian setting.
"Confucian values as seen today have evolved to its present day form. Originally, The Analects itself does not encourage commercial behavior, with passages such as "Having coarse rice to eat, water to drink, a bent arm for a pillow [is where] joy lies... wealth and honor that are not rightfully gained are to me as floating clouds," demonstrating that wealth is not particularly elevated in Confucian thinking, and iseven irrelevant if moral cultivation is not practiced (De Bary51). Broadly speaking, throughout the centuries, Confucian values have manifested itself in a variety of practices still seen in Chinese culture, including filial piety and ancestor worship.During the Mao years and the Cultural Revolution, however, Confucianism was attacked as it was regarded as the philosophy of the imperial times. Indeed, Confucian texts were burned under the "Criticize Lin, Criticize Confucius" campaign in 1973, which linked the ancient thinker to Lin Biao, a coup-plotting general (Roberts).Since Mao's death and Deng Xiaoping's ascent to power in 1979, Confucius' image has been gradually rehabilitated. Today, Confucianism is widely acknowledged to have made a noticeable comeback in Chinese culture.Books on Confucianism--notably Yu Dan's Confucius from the Heart, a book on the modern application of Confucian ideals--have become bestsellers, and the opening ceremonies in the 2008 Beijing Olympics featured quotes from The Analects (Richey).Even the government has started to endorse Confucian ideals, from establishing Confucius Institutes around the world to subsidizing the 2009 biopic Confucius (Richey)."
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