The role of Qing (positive emotions) and Li1 (rationality) in Chinese entrepreneurial decision making: a Confucian Ren-Yi wisdom perspective

Zhu, Yunxia (2013) The role of Qing (positive emotions) and Li1 (rationality) in Chinese entrepreneurial decision making: a Confucian Ren-Yi wisdom perspective. Journal of Business Ethics, Online First 1-18. doi:10.1007/s10551-013-1970-1

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Author Zhu, Yunxia
Title The role of Qing (positive emotions) and Li1 (rationality) in Chinese entrepreneurial decision making: a Confucian Ren-Yi wisdom perspective
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The role of Qing (positive emotions) and Li1 (rationality) in Chinese entrepreneurial decision making: a Confucian Ren-Yi wisdom perspective
Journal name Journal of Business Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-4544
1573-0697
Publication date 2013-11-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10551-013-1970-1
Volume Online First
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The intellectual debates on wise entrepreneurship behavior such as decision making tend to focus on the relationship between economic rationality and morality, while overlooking the important role affect plays. To fill in this gap, this paper proposes a theoretical framework based on the Confucian concepts of ren (love and compassion) and yi (righteousness or rightness) and studies their practical manifestation in qing (positive emotions) and li1 (rationality) for decision making. Drawing from 32 in-depth interviews and 52 vignettes with Chinese SME entrepreneurs, this study has found that qing (emotions) plays an essential role in decision making. Chinese entrepreneurs had to deal with the dilemma relating to qing (positive emotions) and li1 (rationality) holistically to reach a balanced outcome in their everyday business practices. As a major contribution, this study extends the study of Confucian ethics by highlighting ren-yi as an important perspective for understanding Chinese entrepreneurial decision making and also for promoting the affective dimensions for entrepreneurial ethical decision making in general.
Keyword Confucian ethics
Ren (love and compassion)
Yi (righteousness)
Qing (positive emotions)
Li 1 (rationality)
Entrepreneurial decision-making
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 27 November 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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