Why study Taoism, Confucianism, Ethics and Business?

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Why study Taoism, Confucianism, Ethics and Business? (Course / Master / Doctorate)

Related Doctorates, Masters and Courses:

  1. Course: Taoism, Confucianism & Business, Business in China
  2. Doctorates: Ethics, Religions & International Business, Business in Asia
  3. Masters: Religions & Business, Asia, International Business

Why study the course “Taoism, Confucianism, Ethics and Business”?

This online educational program is aimed at executives and companies wishing to do business in China (a BRICS Country, the largest market in the world), a market where the influence of Taoism and Confucianism (as well as Buddhism) is fundamental.

Taoism Wu Wei (Doctorat)

Taoism and Confucianism, Yin and Yang, responsibility and freedom, represent the two poles of Chinese society; like Yin and Yang, Confucianism would not exist without Taoism, and vice versa.

These two traditions of wisdom, along with Buddhism and Shamanism are part of Sinic civilisation and its entire area of influence: the Sinic Economic Area (China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam).

Note: the analysis of Buddhism is not done in this course, but in the course on Buddhism

Knowing the pillars of Confucian Ethics and Taoist Ethics will be essential to understand their influence on business, culture and even between the relations between countries in the Sinic Economic Area, as with relations with other economic areas. GUANXI, based on Confucianism, is fundamental to understand the importance of personal relationships in China.

Confucian Ethics (Online Doctorate)

Chinese multinationals (HAIER, COSCO, Galanz, Huawei, Chint...) have become key players in the world economy, being present in the five continents and controlling important companies around the world. 70% of the toys in the world, 40% of the microwaves, 20% of the refrigerators, 25% of the washing machines or 30% of the air conditioners are manufactured by Chinese companies. The Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, with 53,000 factories, is the largest exporting and importing region in China, thanks to the Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with Hong Kong.

 and the influence of Confucianism and Taoism on their business strategy and corporate social responsibility policies. The

To better understand the Chinese business idiosyncrasy, the student will analyse the profile of several Chinese companies and entrepreneurs, where the influence of Confucianism and Taoism on their business strategy and corporate social responsibility policies. The profiles of Zhang Ruimin (president of the Haier Group, Confucian) or Chang Yung-fa (Director of Evergreen, Taiwan) practising the I-Kuan Tao religion (with elements of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism) will be analysed.

Zhang Ruimi (Confucian Businessman, Course)

Therefore, this course is also recommended for anyone who wants to do business with Chinese companies from anywhere in the world or who wants to work in a company of Chinese origin.

The course is also aimed at all those who wish to do business in the markets of Sinic Economic Area: China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Map Civilisations and integration

The economic organisations and free trade agreements between countries of the Sinic Economic Area will also be analysed.

  1. Intra-Sinic free trade agreements: China-Singapore, Korea-Singapore, Japan-Singapore...
  2. Relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
    1. China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement
    2. ASEAN-South Korea Free Trade Area
    3. ASEAN-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

Singapore-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (Course)

As well as interactions with other economic areas:

  1. Economic organizations: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), Organisation for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD), Greater Mekong Subregion, Trans-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP)...
  2. Free trade agreements:
    1.  China has trade agreements with Pakistan, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Costa Rica, European Union, Andean Community...
    2. South Korea has trade agreements with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), United States, Singapore, ASEAN-South Korea Free-Trade Area, European Union, India, Peru, Chile, Southern African Customs Union (SACU)...
    3. Japan has trade agreements with Mexico, Chile, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Switzerland, Indonesia...
    4. Singapore has trade agreements with  Australia, China, Jordan, India, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, European Free Trade Association, the United States...
    5. Taiwan has trade agreements with Panama, Guatemala, Honduras-El Salvador, and Nicaragua...

European Union-China Agreement (Course)

The strong influence of China in Africa (the Sinisation of Africa, control of raw materials), and the increasing weight of Korea and Japan in the African continent will also be analysed.

  1. Forum on China-Africa Cooperation: a key political-trade tool for the Sinisation of Africa
  2. Africa-BRICS Countries (China is one of the BRICS Countries)
  3. Africa-Korea Partnership
  4. Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Japan)

Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

South Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Conference (KOAFEC)

Online Asian Student (Master, Doctorate)





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