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

Xinbo Sun, Yi Cao, Suxiu Li, Xin Li

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    Abstract

    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.
    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
    Pages149-168
    Chapter6
    ISBN (Print)9781787148321
    ISBN (Electronic)9781787148314, 9781787432673
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Series Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness
    Volume1

    Keywords

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

    Cite this

    Sun, X., Cao, Y., Li, S., & Li, X. (2017). Building a Global Responsive Organization: The Case of the Haier Group. In T. J. Andersen (Ed.), The Responsive Global Organization: New Insights from Global Strategy and International Business (pp. 149-168). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing. Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness , Vol.. 1 https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78714-831-420171006
    Sun, Xinbo ; Cao, Yi ; Li, Suxiu ; Li, Xin. / Building a Global Responsive Organization: The Case of the Haier Group. The Responsive Global Organization: New Insights from Global Strategy and International Business. editor / Torben Juul Andersen. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing, 2017. pp. 149-168 ( Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness , Vol. 1).
    @inbook{6d90b97676ed41eab969069ef4f3f6a2,
    title = "Building a Global Responsive Organization:: The Case of the Haier Group",
    abstract = "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.",
    keywords = "Humble, Self-management, Philosophy, Daoism, I-Ching, Hexagram, Humble, Self-management, Philosophy, Daoism, I-Ching, Hexagram",
    author = "Xinbo Sun and Yi Cao and Suxiu Li and Xin Li",
    year = "2017",
    doi = "10.1108/978-1-78714-831-420171006",
    language = "English",
    isbn = "9781787148321",
    series = "Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness",
    publisher = "Emerald Group Publishing",
    pages = "149--168",
    editor = "Andersen, {Torben Juul}",
    booktitle = "The Responsive Global Organization",
    address = "United Kingdom",

    }

    Sun, X, Cao, Y, Li, S & Li, X 2017, Building a Global Responsive Organization: The Case of the Haier Group. in TJ Andersen (ed.), The Responsive Global Organization: New Insights from Global Strategy and International Business. Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley, Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness , vol. 1, pp. 149-168. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78714-831-420171006

    Building a Global Responsive Organization: The Case of the Haier Group. / Sun, Xinbo; Cao, Yi; Li, Suxiu; Li, Xin.

    The Responsive Global Organization: New Insights from Global Strategy and International Business. ed. / Torben Juul Andersen. Bingley : Emerald Group Publishing, 2017. p. 149-168 ( Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness , Vol. 1).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    TY - CHAP

    T1 - Building a Global Responsive Organization:

    T2 - The Case of the Haier Group

    AU - Sun, Xinbo

    AU - Cao, Yi

    AU - Li, Suxiu

    AU - Li, Xin

    PY - 2017

    Y1 - 2017

    N2 - 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.

    AB - 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.

    KW - Humble

    KW - Self-management

    KW - Philosophy

    KW - Daoism

    KW - I-Ching

    KW - Hexagram

    KW - Humble

    KW - Self-management

    KW - Philosophy

    KW - Daoism

    KW - I-Ching

    KW - Hexagram

    U2 - 10.1108/978-1-78714-831-420171006

    DO - 10.1108/978-1-78714-831-420171006

    M3 - Book chapter

    SN - 9781787148321

    T3 - Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness

    SP - 149

    EP - 168

    BT - The Responsive Global Organization

    A2 - Andersen, Torben Juul

    PB - Emerald Group Publishing

    CY - Bingley

    ER -

    Sun X, Cao Y, Li S, Li X. Building a Global Responsive Organization: The Case of the Haier Group. In Andersen TJ, editor, The Responsive Global Organization: New Insights from Global Strategy and International Business. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing. 2017. p. 149-168. ( Emerald Studies in Global Strategic Responsiveness , Vol. 1). https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78714-831-420171006