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- The Relativity of HR Systems: Conceptualising the Impact of Desired Employee Contributions and HR Philosophy.D. P. Lepak, J. A. Marrone & R. Takeuchi - unknownIn this paper, we offer a framework for conceptualising and investigating the relativity of human resource systems across organisations and some of the reasons behind this relativity. We do so by extending the behavioural perspective in strategic HR management research and argue that two variables, HR philosophy and desired employee contributions, play an instrumental role in organisational choices regarding the types of HR policies used to manage employees within and across organisations. We propose that the dimensions of desired employee contributions (...)
- Xunzi and the Essentialist Mode of Thinking on Human Nature.Kim-Chong Chong - 2008 - Journal of Chinese Philosophy 35 (1):63-78.In his essay “Philosophy of Human Nature,” Antonio Cua argues that the term “bad” in Xunzi’s statement that “Human nature is bad” is to be taken in a consequential sense. This goes against a common tendency to read the Xunzi in what I refer to as the essentialist mode of thinking. In this paper, I show how it is that the consequential reading of “bad” and other features that Professor Cua describes offer a significant understanding of Xunzi’s position as a (...)
- Davidson's Charity in the Context of Chinese Philosophy.Yiu-Ming Fung - unknownA.C. Graham, a widely respected Sinologist, may be the first scholar in the context of Chinese philosophy to express opinions counter to Donald Davidson’s principle of charity and to his view on the very idea of a conceptual scheme.No categories
- The Asymmetrical Influence of Status Dissimilarity on Group Identification : The Mediation Effects of Emotions.Jiping Li - unknownRather than using demographic characteristics as status-latent variables to investigate the effects of status dissimilarity as relational demography literature does, this research directly investigates status that is defined as the respect ones receive from others within a group, and examine the implications of status dissimilarity in groups. It is hypothesized that the interaction between status dissimilarity and individual status level is negatively associated with group members' identification through the mechanism of emotions. And the effects are believed to be stronger for (...)
- Knowledge and Innovation in China: Historical Legacies and Emerging Institutions.Erik Baark - unknownThe purpose of this study is to provide a critical and historically grounded perspective on the institutional fabric for knowledge generation and innovative activities in Chinese society. Utilizing theoretical and methodological insights from social epistemology, it explores legacies of traditional Chinese perceptions of the utility of scientific knowledge, the balance of exploitation/exploration, the prestige of innovation, and the division of labour in knowledge production and application. It is argued that these legacies have continued to shape emerging contemporary institutions of knowledge (...)No categories
- A Contingency Model of Empowering Leadership on Employee Proactive Behavior : Team Power Distance Climate and Individual Power Distance Belief as the Moderators.Zhi-Jun Chen - unknownIn this dissertation, I propose a contingency model of empowering leadership on team member proactive behavior. By integrating the literature on empowering leadership with theories of power distance, my dissertation advances understanding of the boundary conditions of empowering leadership. To date over 70% of firms across the globe have encouraged or used empowerment. This fact underscores the need for a contingency theory of empowering leadership that delineates how and when it fosters team member proactive behavior - defined as actions in (...)
- The Conception of 'Heart-Mind' in the Zhuangzi.Sai Lok Nam - unknownThe conception of heart-mind in Zhuangzi is studied in a two dimensional way in this thesis: specific studies of this conception in different divisions, i.e. the Inner Chapters, the Outer Chapters and the Miscellaneous Chapters; and a comparison of the studies in the three divisions in general. A systemical understanding of the conception of heart-mind can be found in the Inner Chapters. According to Zhuangzi, we cannot live effectively under the influence of the “cheng xin”. The harmfulness of “cheng xin” (...)
- Comparison of Nicomachean Ethics and the Ethics of Confucius : Appropriateness of Moral Decisions.Kin Keung Wong - unknownBoth Nicomachean Ethics and the ethics of Confucius reveal the centrality of virtues in moral practice. Virtues are achieved through cultivated habituation of emotions or feelings, and they are conducive to making moral decisions. According to the two classical schools of ethics, feeling-emotion and moral reason are internally connected . What makes them further similar is that both Aristotle and Confucius have their own formulations of ‘Doctrine of Mean’ but with the same claim that right moral decision is one appropriate (...)
- The Relationship of Li and Qing in the Xunzi.Kwok Hung Tang - unknownLi refers to sacrifices, tribal ceremonials and social norms in the ancient China. Gradually, li becomes the effective compass and square for guiding human behaviour in the personal, social and political aspects. Confucius enriches li with ren and yi. Mencius mainly inherits ren and yi whereas Xunzi further develops li and yi. Xunzi comprehensively enlarges the effective scope of li to encompass yi, fa, and yue. Xunzi is the first known Chinese philosopher who treats qing with the sense of emotion. (...)
- A Study of the Development and Philosophical Implications of the Buddhist Concept of Self-Consciousness.Ngan Che Chan - unknownThe present study is an attempt to trace the development and philosophical implications of the Buddhist concept of svaṃvedana. The philosophical discourses of cognition of cognition are related to the main issues of epistemology, ontology and soteriology and gradually generate a formulation of the self-cognition doctrine. Chapter one sets out to give an account of issues to be discussed and the methodological approach for this research. Chapter two focuses on the origin and the evolution of the concept svasaṃvedana from the (...)
- The Shape of a Postmodern Morality : Philosophical Ethics After Nietzsche and Heidegger.Alfred Lee - unknownThe present study is an attempt to represent a post-metaphysical thinking that Nietzsche ushered in as a reconstructive ethics. The argument presented here is that the key to such a formulation of ethics resides in Heidegger's 'fundamental ontology' as 'original ethics'. Such a formulation that is grounded in an ontology deconstructs that subjectivity and rationality which has been posited by traditional ethics or moral reasoning. The outcome of such a restructuring of reason in Western thinking ushers in an historical essence (...)
- Comparative Study on Self-Transcendence : Paul Tillich and Masao Abe.Wing-Keung Lam - unknownThis thesis is an attempt to explore the meanings of self-transcendence, which, in fact, is one of the most basic and important concepts of Buddhism and Christianity. It runs through not only the theme of soteriology, but also the study of the interrelationship of human beings, the ultimate reality and the mundane society. In approaching such a crucial and complicated notion, it would be impossible for me to examine the two religions as a whole. Thus, I will narrow the scope (...)
- Language, Reality and Daohood : An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy.Sui Chi Kwan - unknownThis thesis is an inquiry about how far it is true to say that our perception of reality is conditioned upon language. Polemical in nature as it is, this thesis taps resources from various traditions and theories disregarding the labels of western/eastern division or ancient/modern dichotomy testifying my belief that comparative philosophy should be performed in recognition of the fact that there is no essential difference between whatever traditions there are. It begins with a critical exposition of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis (...)
- The Role of Perspective Taking, Self-Awareness, and Self-Other Similarity in the Impact of Donation Appeals.Wai Ping Hung - unknownAppeals for time and money to help people in need often encourage recipients to imagine themselves in the situation that confronts these individuals. However, this strategy may not always be effective. The present research investigated several factors that potentially affect the impact of a donation appeal, including the perspectives that recipients have at the time they receive the appeal, the perspective from which the appeal is written, self-awareness, and recipients similarity to the victims. Experiments 1 - 4 showed that when (...)
- Ritual Transformation—Xunzi’s Response to Mozi in the Lilun Pian.Kim-Chong Chong - unknownIt is well known that Mozi criticizes the ritual practices of the Ru for being wasteful. However, another criticism has been less appreciated: These practices are merely conventional habituations and violate the Ru’s own moral ideals of ren 仁 , yi 義 and xiao 孝 . Xunzi responds to both criticisms in the Li Lun Pian 禮論篇 . Based on an account of Mozi’s arguments and Xunzi’s replies, this essay discusses the significance of ritual transformation in Xunzi’s moral philosophy.
- The Basic Question of Xing in the Zhong Yong.Sai Hang Kwok - unknownThe Zhong Yong is one of the most important classics in China. For a long time it has been treated as a doctrine that teaches us to follow our nature as endowed by Heaven. This interpretation of the Zhong Yong has been an important source of the development of metaphysics in Neo Confucianism. However, does this interpretation help us to understand the true meaning of the Zhong Yong? Can we ever know what in particular is endowed by Heaven? In this (...)