Budi and Malay workplace ethics

Richardson, Christopher, Yaapar, Md Salleh and Amir, Sabrina (2016) Budi and Malay workplace ethics. Journal of Asia Business Studies, 10 1: 78-92. doi:10.1108/JABS-02-2015-0018

Author Richardson, Christopher
Yaapar, Md Salleh
Amir, Sabrina
Title Budi and Malay workplace ethics
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Budi and Malay workplace ethics
Journal name Journal of Asia Business Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1559-2243
Publication date 2016-01-04
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/JABS-02-2015-0018
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 78
End page 92
Total pages 15
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Language eng
Formatted abstract
– The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of budi, a concept incorporating moral values and intellect, in shaping the Malay workplace ethics and behaviour of the Malays.

– This is a conceptual paper investigating how existing knowledge of budi and Malay cultural traditions manifests and affects contemporary workplace practices.

– Although the origins of budi can be traced back to pre-Islamic Malay civilisation, its influence can still be found in contemporary workplace settings. For example, the hierarchical organisational structure and workplace etiquette that characterise Malay managerial practices are related to budi. At the same time, this paper also suggests that budi may potentially serve as a catalyst for certain less desirable work practices, including the greater importance attached to prioritising social relations over work performance.

– In analysing budi, the paper explores a largely overlooked cultural concept within management literature. Although the Malay world is a rapidly growing centre of economic and business activity, relatively little scholarly attention has been devoted to exploring the cultural underpinnings and foundations that shape and influence Malay managerial and workplace practices among Malays.
Keyword Cultural values
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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