Suzhi development: Indigenous approaches to enhancing the quality of human resources

Zheng,CSM 2014, Suzhi development: Indigenous approaches to enhancing the quality of human resources, Journal of Chinese human resource management, vol. 5, no. 2, Autumn, pp. 115-128, doi: 10.1108/JCHRM-07-2014-0020.

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Title Suzhi development: Indigenous approaches to enhancing the quality of human resources
Author(s) Zheng,CSMORCID iD for Zheng,CSM
Journal name Journal of Chinese human resource management
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Season Autumn
Start page 115
End page 128
Total pages 14
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2014-10-20
ISSN 2040-8005
Summary Purpose- This paper aims to examine the Chinese indigenous concept of suzhi ((ProQuest: Non US-ASCII text omitted)) by analyzing its historical evolution and its contemporary implications for human resource management (HRM) research and practice at the national and organizational levels.Design/methodology/approach- An integrated review of literatures in sinology, political science, anthropology and sociology concerned with suzhi-related research, combined with recent incidents associated with suzhi.Findings-Suzhi is an indigenous concept embedded in the centuries-long historical context of China.Suzhi development has been focused on three key dimensions, moral, physical and mental, as a way of building quality employees and citizens. Yet developing and quantifying the moral aspects ofsuzhi is more challenging than measuring its physical and mental dimensions. Linkingsuzhi development to human capital theory enriches the understanding of this indigenous concept at both organizational and national levels.Research limitations/implications- By analyzing a three-dimensionalsuzhi composite, the article offers an example of howsuzhi may be linked to human capital theory and identifies directions for future research.Originality/value- By analyzingsuzhi at organizational and national levels for HRM purposes, this article broadens thesuzhi literature from its place in the political sciences and social anthropology to encompass a theoretical analysis in HRM and development for the benefit of organizations and the society.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/JCHRM-07-2014-0020
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 910402 Management
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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