Yin-Yang representation of financial crisis: a Korean perspective
Kim, A. and Vanheusden, F. 2019. Yin-Yang representation of financial crisis: a Korean perspective. International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy. 12 (4). https://doi.org/10.1504/IJMCP.2019.10021861
|Authors||Kim, A. and Vanheusden, F.|
Although the concepts of Western-Eastern integration to optimise management strategies are well-established, investigations on the applicability of these concepts in real-life situations are lacking.
This study investigates how integration of (Eastern) Yin-Yang principles of seeking balance into Western concepts benefitted Koreans in combatting financial crises repercussions. Through analysis of 519 South Korean economic magazine covers taken over the period 2007-2012, the study shows the mindset of Korean society during the 2008 financial crisis. The covers provide a balanced interpretation of crisis events as both disastrous and opportunistic. Traditional Yin-Yang values therefore appear to be preserved in Korean management philosophy, even though contemporary Korean business strategies are strongly influenced by Western principles.
By comparing these findings with social attitudes during previous crises in Korea, the study provides a real-life example of possible benefits of integrating Eastern and Western philosophy in management strategies.
|Keywords||Yin-Yang harmony; media; South-Korea; financial crisis; identity; economic magazines; color interpretation|
|Journal||International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy|
|Journal citation||12 (4)|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1504/IJMCP.2019.10021861|
|Online||09 Oct 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||22 Jan 2019|
|Accepted||03 Jan 2019|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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