Changes in the Internet of Things era bring major opportunities and challenges to Chinese local management research and enterprise practice. Based on the meta-theoretical view of management research, this paper emphasizes on the wisdom of Taoist management philosophy, systematically analyzes Ruimin Zhang’s management innovation practice in Haier, dialogues with Western management theory and philosophizing, and constructs Ruimin Zhang’s water management philosophy and its theoretical system. The theory is a system of management philosophy consisting of ontology, epistemology and methodology, and its core categories are " loftiness as water”, " system isuncut” and " change, constant, simple”. Focusing on its methodology, it forms three organizational abilities: dynamic transformation ability, coevolution self-drive ability, integrated transformation ability, which correspond to three types of management thinking: " agility and unboundedness”, " freedom and openness”, " connection and system”. During the period of Haier’s management practice, Ruimin Zhang’s water management philosophy runs through various layers of strategic changes, organizational structures, employee management, business models and mental models. It’s the philosophical foundation and main logic for the success of Haier’s " Rendanheyi” management system. This paper is a breakthrough innovation in Western management philosophy at the level of thinking, the continuous development of Chinese management philosophy and the integrated innovation of Chinese local management theory. which helps to enhance the practical effectiveness of local management researches. This paper has important guiding value of improving the business management level of enterprises in the Internet of Things era.
Ruimin Zhang’s Water Management Philosophy and Its Theoretical System
Foreign Economics & Management Vol. 41, Issue 03, pp. 25 - 37,69 (2019) DOI:10.16538/j.cnki.fem.2019.03.002
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Hu Guodong, Li Miao. Ruimin Zhang’s Water Management Philosophy and Its Theoretical System[J]. Foreign Economics & Management, 2019, 41(3): 25-37.