Resolving Conflicts, the Confucius’ Way

K C Patrick Low

University of the South Pacific; BusinesscrAFT Consultancy (Asia Pacific); University of South Australia; Bang College of Business – Kazakhstan Institute of Management

March 25, 2012

Conflict Resolution & Negotiation Journal, Vol. 2012, No. 1, pp. 38 – 55, 2012


Here in this paper, the practitioner-academician/ researcher examines how a Confucian, following the Old Master, resolves conflicts. With various quotes from The Analects and several other sources, several key strategies and ways of conflict resolution, the Confucian way, are discussed. These strategies and ways include, for example, speaking correctly, carrying oneself well (– being a gentle person; junzi) and being trustworthy, preferring good relationships and valuing harmony, and being patient as well as enduring problems and difficulties.

Resolving Conflicts, the Confucius’ Way

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