Confucianism, Discipline, and Competitiveness

Chris Baumann, Hume Winzar, Doris Viengkham
  • July 2019, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.4324/9781351062220

culture affects schooling style, which impacts global competitiveness

Photo by Bùi Thanh Tâm on Unsplash

Photo by Bùi Thanh Tâm on Unsplash

What is it about?

Building on the authors’ prior works, this book offers a comprehensive look at three interrelated concepts: Confucianism, Discipline, and Competitiveness, and how they relate to performance in East Asia. Written in an accessible style, this book will be a valuable guide for students, educators, practitioners, and policy-makers who seek to further understand the valuable role of discipline in shaping the success of societies, present and future.

Why is it important?

Based on data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and World Economic Forum (WEF), this book sheds light on important insights, through empirical evidence, that culture and discipline play an important role toward a country’s academic performance, and ultimately, competitiveness. In comparing six geographical clusters, this book analyses data by applying the "Inter-ocular Test" – visualisation of data distributions – to supplement traditional statistical mean comparisons. The findings advance the discourse on culture and performance, by drawing attention to the significant impact that improving discipline can have for a nation’s productivity–not only those of Confucian East Asia. Written with the evolving global economy in mind, this book highlights the relevance of discipline for shaping individual productivity for the future workforce, and offers new perspectives on how this can be achieved for all societies through three key contributions: Taxonomy of Discipline dimensions, "Parent-Engagement-School-Discipline Taxonomy" (PESD), and Wheel of Competitiveness.


Associate Professor Hume F Winzar
Macquarie University

Much more work than we planned for and the outcome was a bit less than the overly-ambitious project we set ourselves. But a wonderful pleasure to work with two colleagues, Chris and Doris, who drove me to produce some of my best.

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