Confucianism and work ethic: introducing the ReVaMB model

C. Baumann*, H. Winzar

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We explore the relationship between Confucian values and the “Western” concept of Work Ethic, and introduce our ReVaMB model, Relative Values and Moderated Behavior, as a framework for study. We draw from established models of the link between beliefs and behavior, and argue that current measures of values and beliefs in isolation (normative measures) are insufficient to understand choices of alternative behaviors. But it is the relative importance of potentially competing values (ipsative measures), within the context of particular situations, that affect behavior. We demonstrate the ReVaMB model as a template for understanding Confucian values and work ethic, and conclude with examples of how existing measures of different values and behavioral constructs can be turned into relative measures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe political economy of business ethics in East Asia
Subtitle of host publicationa historical and comparative perspective
EditorsIngyu Oh, Gil Sung Park
Place of PublicationCambridge, MA
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780081006955
ISBN (Print)9780081006900
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameElsevier Asian studies series


  • values
  • work ethic
  • Confucianism
  • moderators
  • ipsative measuree
  • normative measure


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