When East Meets West: a Harmonised Model for Performance and Institutional Alignment to Manage Knowledge Practitioners, Their Productivity in a Knowledge-Based Economy

Peter S. Wong 1, Philip A. Neck  1
1 - Southern Cross University, Australia
International Journal of Contemporary Management
2015; 14 (1):
ICID: 1158163
Article type: Review article
IC™ Value: 2.40
Background. Organisations now have to rely on knowledge-worker productivity rather than advances in production equipment to sustain their businesses. There is a quite remarkable contrast in the operating procedures between the “East” and “West” approaches.
Research aims. This paper explores how an amalgamated wisdom of East and West management approach can instigate a wisdom-based renaissance of humanistic epistemology to provide a platform of harmony in managing knowledge-worker productivity, one of the biggest management challenges of the 21st century.
Method. The paper invites further discussions from the social and business research communities on the significance of “interpretation realism” technique in comprehending Lao Tzu, Confucius and Sun Tzu’s philosophies written in “Classical Chinese.”
Key findings. This paper concludes with a call to explore how amalgamating Eastern cultural wisdom (favouring a humanity approach) and Western practices (favouring a performance approach) help to instigate business harmony and its impact on the management of knowledge-practitioners and their productivity.

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