Since the 90s, knowledge management has prevailed over the academic field. Not a few scholars and entrepreneurs study up The Art of War by Sun Tzu and through the way of knowledge transfer, they apply the idea of military science mentioned in the book to the academic field and business world so as to make a breakthrough. Not only are the results good, but they also spring up a wave for studying The Art of War by Sun Tzu in the non-military field.
The Art of War by Sun Tzu had been completed for 2518 years from now. In the international study, in 735, a Japanese legate to the Tang Dynasty, Kibi Makibi, went back to his country with this book and then further opened the door for the Japanese to study the military arts of China. In 1772, Father Chandming translated The Art of War by Sun Tzu into the French version, which spread in Paris and made the Westerners think highly of studying in the military arts. Since the time of the Warring States, both bookmen and swordsmen have studied in Sun Tzu’s military thinking in China. In Taiwan, people in the following two fields engage in the relevant study: the military schools and the academic field.
This study uses the academic studies and business applications of The Art of War by Sun Tzu in recent 50 years in Taiwan as the studying objects. Through analysis of references and induction, the conclusion of knowledge transfer of The Art of War by Sun Tzuis unveiled from the following five aspects: “Origin of the Book,” “Circulation of the Version,” “Study of Relevant Works,” “Knowledge Management and Knowledge Transfer,” “Examples of Knowledge Transfer.”The results are that the ways of knowledge transfer of The Art of War by Sun Tzu can be divided into two types: professional and distributed. The professional type is mainly based on the military principle given by the military schools and it focuses on the study of military strategy. The distributed type is that the academic field and entrepreneurs introduce to the public that book’s wisdom and effects of its applications by way of books, periodicals, or thesises.
This study also completes Contents for Studies in The Art of War by Sun Tzuin Recently Fifty Years, which can provide the later scholars engaging in the relevant study with indexes or references.