Recently, I realized an interesting fact after I read a few articles in a few newspapers introducing famous economists. In western countries, almost famous economists are scholars while in eastern countries, those are company leaders.
I don't know the exact reason why there are such a big differences between two continentals when they consider great economists.There are no significant different between scholar's approaches and leader's approaches in eastern countries. Western people belie that theories are important to be success while Eastern people think real outputs are the most important measure to decide whether the leader is great or not. Because of Plato and his follows, they start to be interested in theories although the values of theories are not proved.