Building a Global Responsive Organization: The Case of the Haier Group

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This chapter outlines the philosophic underpinnings of the self-management paradigm developed over the past three decades by China’s Haier Group, a global leader in white goods. The successful transformation of Haier from a small resource-poor firm to a dominant global giant is often attributed to the self-management culture established in the company by its legendary leader Zhang Ruimin. This management paradigm is a function of the humbleness displayed by Mr. Zhang Ruimin and rooted in his strong belief in the traditional Chinese philosophy of I-Ching and Daoism. We show how the hexagram of Qian (“qian”: humbleness, modesty) from I-Ching is linked to Mr. Zhang’s humble approach and analyze how the six parts of the hexagram of Qian are related to the six development stages of the Haier Group. These insights are used to give some thoughts to the leadership challenge associated with the creation of a dynamic and responsive global organization.

Publication information

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Responsive Global Organization : New Insights from Global Strategy and International Business
EditorsTorben Juul Andersen
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9781787148321
ISBN (Electronic)9781787148314, 9781787432673
StatePublished - 2017
Series Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness

    Research areas

  • Humble, Self-management, Philosophy, Daoism, I-Ching, Hexagram

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