Applying I Chings “Life-Gua” of Chinese Culture to Human Resources Management Strategy


Chinese culture is one of the four ancient civilizations of the world, which is still greatly valued todays. Its foundation of philosophy lies in the I-Ching, which elaborates the principles of nature of the universe and the life contained within it. While human resources management is a dynamic and interactive process, in the rise of China economy, it is interesting and thought-provoking to investigate the topic on how to apply I-Ching's life-gua, a law of harmony, to interpret the strategy of human resources management in order to enhance the value of human resources in corporations. In this context, this study applies I-Ching's life-gua to interpret two component factors of human resources management strategy and four different types of human resources development strategy. The variable in the research is life-gua, which is a trigram of arrangement formed by the year, month, date, and time of the person's birth, with the vast amount of human resources information contained within it. The research variables of human resource management strategy include two component factors, which are employees' working motivation and ability, and four types of human resource management strategies, which are development, stimulation, enhancement, and transference. The study combines Eastern philosophy of I-Ching's life-gua and Western scientific strategy of human resources management in an attempt to promote the practical appliance in global human resources management for international corporations.

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Chen-Mei Li, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan
Li-Yueh Chen, Weixin Shengjiao College, Taiwan

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Conference: ACP2017
Stream: Psychology and Education

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