International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Managing People Reflections on an Old Chinese Proverb: “San Lao Si Yan” (3 „Olds‟ and 4 „Stricts‟)
Prof. Dr. K. C. Patrick Low Ph.D.

In this paper, the practitioner-academician author seeks to uncover and examine the meaning of the Chinese proverb: “san lao si yan” (3 „Olds‟ and 4 „Stricts‟). And spiced with several other Chinese proverbs, “san lao si yan” is explored in the light of Chinese thoughts of honesty and linking it to human resource management: that is, managing, recruiting and selecting such people. The Chinese proverb too nicely explains the need for people of such qualities; “san lao si yan” is better explained as giving excellent guidelines to people management.

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