With the rise of China in the global economy, it has never been more important for business leaders to understand Chinese leadership philosophies and practices. This is the first book to explain how ancient Chinese thinking and Western ideas have shaped the development of leadership styles in China. Leadership theories associated with Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, the Arts of War, and the writings of Mao and Deng are analysed by both Chinese and Western experts. To set this in a modern business context, the book includes interviews with top executives, who reflect on how their business values are affected by ancient Chinese philosophers, modern Chinese leaders, and Western management writers and thinkers. The book also includes research on paternalistic leadership as practised by business leaders in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China.
Chao-Chuan Chen is Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University. Yueh-Ting Lee is Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Toledo.
List of figures; List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: The diversity and dynamism of Chinese philosophies on leadership Chao-Chuan Chen and Yueh-Ting Lee; Part I. The Confucianism foundations: 1. The Confucian and Mencian philosophy of benevolent leadership Xin-Hui Yang, Yan-Qin Peng and Yueh-Ting Lee; 2. Realistic Confucianism: Xunzi' philosophy of sage-kingship Yan-Qin Peng, Chao-Chuan Chen and Xin-Hui Yang; Part II. Alternative Chinese Traditional Leadership Philosophies: 3. Daoist leadership: theory and application Yueh-Ting Lee, Ai-Guo Han, Taammy K. Byron and Hong-Xia Fan; 4. Leadership theory of legalism and its function in Confucian society Kwang-Kuo Hwang; 5. Strategic leadership of Sunzi in the art of war Hai-fa Sun, Chao-Chuan Chen and Shi-He Zhang; Part III. Modern Chinese Leadership Theories and Practices: 6. Paternalistic leadership in Chinese organizations: research progress and future research directions Jiing-Lih Farh, Jian Liang, Li-Fang Chou and Bor-Shiuan Cheng; 7. The leadership theories and practices of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping Xin-An Lu and Jie Lu; 8. Chinese traditions and western theories: influences on business leaders in China Zhi-Xue Zhang, Chao-Chuan Chen, Leigh Anne Liu and Xue Feng Liu; 9. Linking Chinese leadership theory and practice to the world: leadership secrets of the Middle Kingdom George Bear Graen.