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Property Icon Explores the Role of Taoism in Complexity Management


On 31 May, the BBA Alumni Association hosted the Traditional Chinese Scholarship as Today’s Reference Talk Series at the CUHK Business School Town Centre. Mr. Shih Wing Ching, Founder, Chairman and CEO of the Centaline Group, delivered a lecture, “Philosophy of Lao Tsu and Complexity Management,” to over 60 alumni. 

Mr. Shih is a leading businessman in the property sales and leasing sector in Hong Kong. He founded Centaline Property Agency in the 1970s, leading to the formation of the Centaline Group, which has over 60,000 employees and 2,000 branches across China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei and Singapore. Mr. Shih is also a columnist for the newspaper am730, which he founded. Fond of discussing current affairs, management and philosophy, he is a popular local figure whose opinions are widely respected.

Lao Tsu, also known as Tao Te Ching: The Classic of the Way and its Virtue, is an important monograph in Chinese culture. During the seminar, Mr. Shih explored the essence of Lao Tsu and how the Taoist concept of “action by inaction” could be applied to people management in the modern business world. The captivated audience was particularly interested when he broached the integration of traditional philosophical values and complex organisational management, using Centaline as an example.

“We have all benefitted from Mr. Shih’s thought-provoking lecture and his wisdom. It was indeed a very enjoyable evening,” said Mr. Raymond Lo, the BBA Alumni Association President. 

Everyone enjoys a wonderful and inspiring evening!

Mr. Shih Wing Ching shares how he incorporates the Taoist concept of “action by inaction” into people management

Prof. Dennis Fan (left), the Business School’s Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies), and Mr. Raymond Lo (right), the BBA Alumni Association’s President, present a souvenir to Mr. Shih Wing Ching as a token of appreciation