Asia's New Crisis: Renewal Through Total Ethical Management

Although flawed, an attempt to analyze this tricky area of Asian ethics proves worthwhile.

Initially at least, it is difficult to warm to 'Asia's New Crisis Renewal Through Total Ethical Management', put together by Frank Jurgen Richter and Pamela CM Mar.

For example, the editors fulsomely thank Malaysia's former prime minister Dr Mahatir and the Philippines' Corazon Aquino ahead of other contributors, even though the former's contribution originally came from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, while the latter's contribution amounts to an un-illuminating couple of hundred words.

In a book meant to be about the old-fashioned virtues of rigour, truth-telling and transparency, such flattery is irritating.

Equally annoying is that so many of the senior...

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