TITLE

The Confucius Connection: From Cultural Roots to Economic Growth

AUTHOR(S)
Hofstede, Geert; Bond, Michael Harris
PUB. DATE
March 1988
SOURCE
Organizational Dynamics;Spring88, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines the relationship of Confucian teachings with economic development in Asia. Futurologist Herman Kahn has labeled the cultures of the East Asian countries neo-Confucian, that is, rooted in the teachings of Confucius. Kahn saw himself as a culturist: He held the belief that specific nations have specific cultural traits that are rather sticky and difficult to change in any basic fashion, although they can often be modified. Kahn's neo-Confucian hypothesis is that the countries of East Asia have common cultural roots going far back into history, and that under the world-market conditions of the past 30 years this cultural inheritance has constituted a competitive advantage for successful business activity. Cultural inheritances are not genetically transferred; they can in principle be acquired by any human being who is at the right place at the right time. Individuals begin to acquire the mental programming called culture from the day they are born, and the process continues throughout their life in a particular society. Cross-cultural developmental psychologists who have studied the behavior of children in different societies have shown that a child learns patterns of cultural behavior very early in its life.
ACCESSION #
4640478

 

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