Does Confucian management exist in Chinese companies? An examination of the intersection between cultural influence and business practice in China

Andrew Atherton

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    There is a view that China is a Confucian country and that its businesses adopt these values to underpin their business models and practices. In this article, a case is made that China is not a Confucian country, even though there are strands of Confucianism evident in society. Although some enterprises in China adopt Confucian approaches to management, this cannot be generalized to all businesses. We cannot, therefore, conclude that Confucian management has emerged as the prevailing feature of Chinese businesses.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages11
    JournalAsia Pacific Business Review
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Oct 2018



    • Businesses
    • China
    • Confucian management
    • Confucianism

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