Spiritual Wisdom of Taoism in Business: through the lens of interpretation realism in a Cisco end-to -end case study

  • Peter Sun San Wong QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point, Australia
  • Philip Arthur Neck Southern Cross Business School, Southern Cross University, Tweed, Australia
  • Bernard McKenna UQ Business School, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia
Keywords: Spiritual Wisdom, Taoism, Business


This paper explores how the amalgamated wisdom of East and West can instigate a wisdombased renaissance of humanistic epistemology (Rooney & McKenna, 2005) to provide a platform of harmony in managing knowledge-worker productivity, one of the biggest management challenges of the 21st century (Drucker, 1999). The paper invites further discussions from the social and business research communities on the significance of “interpretation realism” technique in comprehending philosophies of Lao Tzu (