Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 7, Issue 8, pp 575–584 | Cite as

Confucian ethics and Japanese management practices

  • Marc J. Dollinger


This paper proposes that an important method for understanding the ethics of Japanese management is the systematic study of its Confucian traditions and the writings of Confucius. Inconsistencies and dysfunction in Japanese ethical and managerial behavior can be attributed to contradictions in Confucius' writings and inconsistencies between the Confucian code and modern realities. Attention needs to be directed to modern Confucian philosophy since, historically Confucian thought has been an early warning system for impending change.


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  • Marc J. Dollinger
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  1. 1.Department of ManagementIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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