A review of practical Confucian wisdom and learning organizations

Zhu, Y. (2009). A review of practical Confucian wisdom and learning organizations. In: Beaumont, N., 23rd ANZAM Conference 2009 'Sustainability Management and Marketing'. ANZAM 2009 Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, (1-13). 1-4 December 2009.

Author Zhu, Y.
Title of paper A review of practical Confucian wisdom and learning organizations
Conference name ANZAM 2009 Conference
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 1-4 December 2009
Proceedings title 23rd ANZAM Conference 2009 'Sustainability Management and Marketing'
Place of Publication Melbourne, Victoria
Publisher ANZAM Secretariat
Publication Year 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1 86308 157 7
Editor Beaumont, N.
Issue Paper 40
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The aim of this paper is to review relevant literatures on Confucian wisdom for Chinese
enterprises (state-owned and private-owned) as learning organizations. Confucius (551-479 B. C.)
is one of the greatest philosophers in Chinese history, who is also known to have the greatest
influence on Chinese culture. Wisdom is defined as pragmatics of orchestrating human goods and
excellence of productivity (Baltes & Smith, 2008). Although learning organisations has a very
short history of less than 15 years in China, it becomes increasingly popular since Senge’s (1994)
fifth Discipline was translated and introduced to China (Kolb & Jiang, 2005). There also seems to
be a link about its popularity with the revival of Confucian traditions and promoting ‘harmonious
society’ (hexie shehui) as a national goal (Gan, 2007), hence the imperative for this review. A
thorough review of this topic will have significant implications for organizational development in
the Chinese context. Specifically, this review paper proposes these questions:
1. How to define practical Confucian wisdom?
2. Do existing literatures suggest such a link between Confucian wisdom and learning
organizations? If the answer is affirmative, to what extent then, is practical Confucian
wisdom related to developing Chinese enterprises as learning organizations at various
levels (e.g., individual, group and firm levels)?
Subjects E1
150311 Organisational Behaviour
910402 Management
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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