The importance of competitiveness has increased rapidly in recent years, where a fresh look at the different forms in which competitiveness manifests is needed. Though the exceptional growth of East Asian economies has been hypothesised previously from a socio-cultural perspective, links have often been vague with little empirical evidence to support them. This book proposes that a unique paradigm of competitiveness has developed in the East as a result of the cultural traditions and social values influenced by Confucianism, and extends this hypothesis by exploring a critical missing link: the role of discipline.
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.
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.
"The literature has long aspired to better understand how education relates, yes ‘drives’, a nation’s economic performance. Baumann, Winzar and Viengkham’s work labelled CDC (Confucianism, Discipline and Competitiveness) adds to this debate the dimension of ‘discipline’ as a driver of performance and competitiveness. East Asia has long stood out as a peak performer in academic performance, but it was not well understood ‘why’.
CDC provides evidence that indeed a Confucian approach to pedagogy contributes to strong performance. This book offers a new understanding of pedagogy, contrasting East Asia to other parts of the world. In addition, their "Wheel of Competitiveness" showcases the complexity for developing markets to become more competitive. Ultimately, the proposed new "Taxonomy of discipline dimensions" and "Parent-Engagement-School-Discipline taxonomy" (PESD) should be inspiring for policy makers in education and economic strategy around the globe." —Professor Eric Hanushek, Stanford University, USA
"In "The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism," Max Weber analysed how the economies of Western and Northern Europe managed to develop rapidly based on the Protestant ethic. In particular, the influence of the Protestant ethic on accumulation and use of capital in these countries is well documented. This book on CDC is an ambitious effort to carry out an analogous investigation for the rapid economic development of East Asian societies in the modern era. The authors show through intuition and data that Confucian values of education, hard work and discipline have led to the successful economic development of "Confucian Orbit" societies.
The CDC book shows that rules and etiquette governing school discipline has farther-reaching benefits in the economic arena. Such norms and etiquette - Confucian value of "li" - have been a strong influence in the formation of business relations and company cultures in Asia. High performing Asian firms are characterized by harmonious worker-management relationships and equitable relations between suppliers and OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers).
This book promises to be an important platform for further study on Confucian ethic and competitiveness. It is a must read for those who want to obtain a deeper understanding of Asian business and the Confucian approach to education." —Professor Wujin Chu, Seoul National University (SNU), Seoul, South Korea
List of Tables and Figures
CHAPTER 1 – SETTING THE SCENE FOR CDC
Structure of This Book
A Foundation for CDC
A Brief History
Culture as a Competitive Resource
The Missing Link
Competitiveness: The Phenomenon CDC Explains
Education and the Economy
What Does This Mean for the Future of Work?
The Gig Economy
Data Sources and Methodology
CHAPTER 2 – CONFUCIANISM-DISCIPLINE-COMPETITIVENESS (CDC) MODEL
Our CDC Model at the Micro-Level
Unit of Analysis
Association between School Discipline and Academic Performance
CDC under the SEM Probe
Explaining the Difference: A Confucian Perspective
Education as a Transformative Experience
Effort over Ability
Socialisation under Filial Piety
CHAPTER 3 – DISCIPLINE AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
A Confucian Approach to Discipline
PISA Dimensions under the Microscope
Student Learning Time
Student Outlook on Education
CHAPTER 4 – CDC OVER TIME: A SIMULATION APPROACH
Diachronic Analysis of Discipline and Academic Performance
Diachronic Analysis of Elite Performers
Global Competitiveness over Time
Academic Performance of Global Competitiveness over Time
Predictive Model of Educational Achievement and Global Competitiveness
Wheel of Competitiveness
Simulation: Discipline, Academic Performance and National Competitiveness
Take Home Messages from Diachronic CDC Analysis and Simulations
CHAPTER 5 – CONCLUSIONS AND OUTLOOK ON CDC
Outlook on CDC