The concept of “Confucian entrepreneurs” is rich in tradition, as well as contemporary relevance. Confucians and entrepreneurs are not only the two parties of the dialogue but also the constituent elements of the selfsame cultural identity—“Confucian entrepreneurs.” The academics may be versed in Confucian studies, but they lack influence. The politicians, if they advocate Confucian studies, will wield great influence, but they are bound by various constraints. Only the contemporary entrepreneurs lack neither resources nor global visions; if they moreover aspire to create conditions for furthering Confucian studies and to form an identity of “Confucian entrepreneurs” that is sensitive to the changing times, their achievements will know no bounds.
The leaders of the 21st century need financial capitals as well as social capitals, technical abilities as well as cultural abilities, rational intelligence as well as emotional intelligence, material conditions as well as spiritual values. The questions then ensue: How to cultivate cultural ability? How to promulgate ethical wisdom? How to develop spiritual values? These, all belong to the culture of Confucian entrepreneurs.
The business community shall supplement management experience with humanistic concerns, broaden business visions with scholarly erudition, build up the cultural influence of contemporary “Confucian entrepreneurs,” and take leadership in transforming today’s social environment.
◎ Globally accepted norms of Business Ethics – an illusion and contradiction in term?
- Cultural Diversity and Transcultural Values – Confucian entrepreneurship as an inclusive concept?
◎How are intellectual traditions driving economic efficiency, creating the “Chinese miracle?”
◎In contemporary China, how necessary and how feasible is “Confucian entrepreneurs?”
◎Can the dialogue between ethicists and entrepreneurs give rise to public rationality?
【 Issues 】
Individuals: Spiritual Cultivation and Secular Life.
Families: Ethics, Responsibilities and Happiness
Corporations: Culture and Core Competency
Society: Public Responsibilities and Global Vision
Ecology: Corporate Development and Environmental Balance
Religion: Immanent Transcendence and Ultimate Concern
Zi-gong said, “‘Poor without being obsequious, wealthy without being arrogant.’ What do you think of this saying?”
The Master said, “That will do, but better still: ‘poor yet delighted in the Way, wealthy yet observant of the rites.’”
—Book I, The Analects
In deep waters do fish turn up; toward deep mountains are beasts bound; to the wealthy do humanity and morality attach themselves.
—Biographies of the Traders, Records of the Grand Historian