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Confucian Culture

As MNCs Retrench, Reigniting the Power of Global Brands

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 02.13.2017 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

In an era of diminishing profits for global corporations, brands are bulwarks against commoditization. They are not expenses. Strategic investment is ...

Mandarins and China's Markets: When Faith Fades

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

The Great China Stock Crash of 2015 may be recalled as the negative inflection point at which the faith of Chinese in their central government faded.

Digital Commerce in China: Cheap Tricks or Deep Love?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 06.16.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Chinese marketers - indeed, marketers everywhere -- need to "rebuild" corporate structures to align assets. True, "pain from change" is unavoidable. But downward vortex of commoditization will be more difficult to bear.

Hong Kong's Protesters: Pragmatism or Passion?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Tom Doctoroff

For the past week, the commercial arteries of Hong Kong have been clogged with (mostly) student demonstrators clamoring for "democracy." What is the end game here? I predict resolution, albeit one unsatisfying to most Westerners as well as a minority of Hong Kong citizens who aspire an American brand of democracy.

How to Get Your Virginity Back

Kalliope Lee | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Kalliope Lee

Lying about whether you were a virgin was the standard way you dealt with the double-bind of satisfying desires and the resultant guilt and shame instilled by a repressive Confucian ethos. An MO, which -- as anything hidden does -- only produces greater shame.

Civility: A Contemporary Confucian Plea

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The answer is to reintroduce schools for the teaching of Confucian values as its own antidote to a world where the ability to act and talk with dignity and respect, civility,

Is China Inc. Corporate America's Enemy?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

The Chinese are (not) coming! It will be decades before Chinese corporations -- even in strategic industries such as renewable energy or information technology -- beat American, Western, and European companies on their own turf. Indeed, it may never happen at all.

Move Over, Confucius!

Marten Weber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marten Weber

Whereas gays in Western civilizations have to contend only with the idiocies of outdated religious moral concepts, the Confucian tradition that infuses most Asian societies is much more of a social straitjacket, affecting every aspect of life much more menacingly.

Confucius And The Teaching Of Goodness

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

In this orientation toward an ethical stance, is Confucianism really very much different from other major religious traditions?

Managing China: Stimulating Creativity in a Sea of Convention

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

To liberate ambition -- the dragon in the heart -- latent in every Chinese, a leader must perform the hat trick of making subordinates feel safe enough to dive into shapeless seas.

The Confucian Consumer and Chinese Luxury: FAQs

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Why is China's luxury population so young compared to economies in other nations? They're very young for one simple reason: China is an incredibly amb...