Summary of Configurations of Confucian Entrepreneurship in the Asian Public Sector

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On the surface, Confucianism and entrepreneurship would not appear to make logical bedfellows. Yet, as governance experts Hyun Gyu Oh, Kyoung Ryoul Min, Hwa Yeon Kim and Sung Min Park explain, the philosophy created by Confucius nearly 2,500 years ago aligns with more elements of the entrepreneurial spirit than many people think. getAbstract recommends this enlightening article to those interested in Asian culture and its role in shaping the region’s economies.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Confucianism relates to entrepreneurialism,
  • How South Korea’s public sector maintains entrepreneurial values rooted in Confucianism, and
  • How Confucian concepts can contribute to entrepreneurship and promote further national growth.

About the Authors

Hyun Gyu Oh, Kyoung Ryoul Min and Hwa Yeon Kim are PhD candidates at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, where Sung Min Park is an associate professor.



It may be no coincidence that countries such as South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Japan, all of which share elements of Confucian culture and values, have matched or exceeded Western nations in economic growth. Yet rankings of national entrepreneurship and economic development often do not take this success into account or explore how cultural traditions influence entrepreneurialism. Recent academic research focuses on the unique elements and characteristics of entrepreneurship in Asian countries – including in South Korea, where analysts are studying the relationship of Confucian values to entrepreneurial activity in the country’s public sector. While most people usually associate entrepreneurship with private businesses, effective and innovative thinking in the public arena are also critical needs in the 21st century.

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