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The role of Confucianism in driving work ethic

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posted on 2022-03-28, 21:09 authored by Seung Jung Yang
The purpose of this study is to explore the association of Confucianism, the main cultural value system in East Asia, and work ethic. Specifically, this study is concerned with examining how the Confucian pedagogical approach which focused on respect and discipline, plays a formative role in shaping the individuals’ work ethic. Study’s sample collected from 412 respondents from two groups: Caucasian and Confucian orbit group (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan). Structural equation modelling (SEM) was applied, resulting in models for the two ethnic models, establishing notable differences in perceptions of Confucianism and Confucian pedagogical approaches. This study demonstrates that 36-45% of work ethic is mediated by the Confucian pedagogical approach: respect and discipline. The results indicate that Confucian values were not wholly unique to individuals from Confucian orbit countries, however, discipline was only associated with work ethic for Confucian orbit group. Ultimately, the study establishes key differences in pedagogical approach between the two ethnic groups, as well as the mediating role of respect and discipline providing a framework for future educational research and East Asian studies.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Research design and methodology -- Chapter 4. Results -- Chapter 5. Discussion -- Chapter 6. Conclusion -- Appendix -- References.


Empirical thesis. Bibliography: pages 79-93

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Marketing and Management

Department, Centre or School

Department of Marketing and Management

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Chris Baumann


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