A Chinese style of HRM: exploring the ancient texts

Zheng, S 2009, 'A Chinese style of HRM: exploring the ancient texts', Chinese Management Studies, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 258-271.


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Title A Chinese style of HRM: exploring the ancient texts
Author(s) Zheng, S
Year 2009
Journal name Chinese Management Studies
Volume number 3
Issue number 4
Start page 258
End page 271
Total pages 14
Publisher Emerald Publishing Group
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to explore the relevant sayings and stories of the ancient Chinese sages in relation to the style of Chinese human resource management (HRM). Design/methodology/approach - Related texts generated from the quotations and stories from four Chinese sages, Guanzi, Hanfeizi, Xunzi and Yanzi, were translated and analyzed and their thinking regarding ruling the state and managing the people was discussed in line with the thoughts from the mainstream and modern Western management gurus such as Warren Bennis, Peter Drucker, Mary Parker Follett, Douglas McGregor, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Elton Mayo and Jeffrey Pfeffer. Findings - It was found that there were striking similarities in thoughts and call for actions to address key issues in HRM by both old and contemporary, east and west thinkers across 2,500 years. The main concerns are to select the right leaders and managers and recruit the right people; create attractive organisational culture and environments that promote a participative management approach to encourage, empower and engage employees to achieve desirable outcomes; uphold the people-centred management principles; and focus on designing reward schemes that emphasise service and contribution instead of position and profits.
Subject Human Resources Management
Keyword(s) China
human resource management
selection
participative management
retention
employers
DOI - identifier 10.1108/17506140911007459
Copyright notice Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN 1750-614X
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