East Asian managerial practices and systems (i.e., Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea) have been influenced to different degrees by Confucianism and have been developed under very different social and historical environments . Although these societies share a common East Asian culture with each other, each of them maintains a unique business culture. Behind the Confucian societies, the member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN, i.e., Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam) have also shown a consistently good economic performance and equally high growth rates since the 1990s . Studying and comparing cultural value systems and management among the Asian societies will expand the knowledge base of students and develop their critical thinking because the development of management systems of a country can be affected by its historical and political background, people’s cultural values as well as the globalization of management systems as directed by the American systems. The study of different cultural values and management systems shall also enhance students’ understanding of their own business culture and develop sensitivity toward and an appreciation of diversity in today’s globalized business environments.
Apart from traditional classroom teaching, audio teaching materials will be used to help students towards a better understanding on to particular concepts or theories. Students will be given chances to search on the Internet to find updated information on the taught topics during tutorials. Other learning activities such as guest seminars, evaluation of selected texts for in-class group discussion and a group project and presentation are also included to facilitate interactive and self-discovery learning.