The meta-perspective of yin-yang balancing: Salient implications for organizational management

Peter Ping Li

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The author argues and explains that the indigenous Eastern epistemological frame of yin-yang balancing can be taken as a unique system of thinking toward a meta-perspective. It is not only deeply rooted in the indigenous Eastern culture traditions, but also bears salient global implications, especially in the domain of paradox management. The purpose and contribution of this chapter are twofold: (1) to explain the unique and salient features of yin-yang balancing (the “either/and” system to reframe paradox into duality as partially conflicting and partially complementary, both spatially and temporarily) as compared with the Western logic systems (the “either/or” and “both/or” or “both/and” systems); and (2) to explore the global implications of the “either/ and” system for future paradox research, including the three unique themes of overlap between opposites with the “seed” of one opposite inside the other; threshold from the contingent balance between partial separation and partial integration in line with specific contexts through three operating mechanisms, and knot for the special role of third-party to shift paradox from a dyadic level to a triadic and even a multiplex level.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
PublisherEmerald Group Holdings Ltd.
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
ISSN (Print)0733-558X


  • Contingency for threshold
  • East-meeting-West
  • Multiplexity for knot
  • Paradox & duality
  • Yin-Yang balancing
  • “seed” for overlap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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