Abstract: This study aims to develop the conceptual framework to investigate the impact of Buddhist ethics on employee performance throughout individual behavior and ethical leadership in the Southern Vietnam. Based on 10 in-depth interviews with monks and managers we identified four main factors, including honesty, fairness and equality, humanity and cooperation which are appropriate representative for Buddhist ethics at the workplace. By analyzing a survey data conducted at 95 enterprises with 357 participants in the Southern Vietnam and implementing SEM techniques, we found that four main factors of Buddhist ethics have statistically significant positive impacts on individual behavior and ethical leadership. In turn, individual behavior and ethical leadership are positively associated with employee performance in enterprises. The findings also imply that with the mindsets of Buddhist perspectives, business leaders are able to generate attractive and credible models to manage the followers more effectively and efficiently. Moreover, employees with the positive attitude will devote more time and efforts to achieve their business goals in line with the good ethical system.
Anh Thi Tuyet Luong and Phuong Van Nguyen, 2017. The Impact of Buddhist Ethics on Employee Performmance at Enterprises in the Southern Vietnam. International Business Management, 11: 530-542.