Confucian and Protestant Work Ethics Among Polish and Korean Employees and Small Business Owners

Artur Domurat (1), Anna Zajenkowska (2)
(1) University of Warsaw, Poland , Poland,
(2) Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education, Poland, Poland


In this research, we investigated Confucian and Protestant work ethics (CWE and PWE) among 160 Polish and Korean respondents, distributed into balanced groups with regard to region, occupational status, and gender. We found that Koreans revealed higher levels of PWE than did Poles. CWE turned out to be not exclusive to Asian cultures, as Poles scored higher than did Koreans. The results support the necessity of reconciling cultural differences. We think that values, which are believed to support economic development, are not related to one particular work ethic.

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Author Biographies

Artur Domurat , University of Warsaw, Poland

Artur Domurat received his Ph.D. and master's degree in psychology from the University of Warsaw, where he works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Decision Theory at the Faculty of Psychology. He has also graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics with M.Sc. in quantitative methods and informational systems.
Main domains of author's research interests are economic psychology and decision theory. The latest author's studies focus mainly on risk taking and different psychological aspects of entrepreneurship.

Anna Zajenkowska, Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education, Poland

Anna Zajenkowska studied and worked in Poland, Austria, USA and Korea. Received her PhD and Master in Psychology from the Warsaw University; also completed graduate courses in Psychology at the Vienna University. Additionally, she received Master in International Commerce from the Korea University and postgraduate degree in Central Banking and Monetary Policy from the Institute of Economic Sciences (Polish Academy of Sciences). Currently she works as a lecturer and trainer in intercultural communication. Core scientific interests are in intercultural psychology.

Domurat , A., & Zajenkowska, A. (2012). Confucian and Protestant Work Ethics Among Polish and Korean Employees and Small Business Owners. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 12(1), 1–17.

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