Tao of Soldiering

The Shift in Human Resources Development in PLA and Lessons for India

Soldiering is all about the growth and development of human potential in the military organization. The approach to soldiering in China is apparently distinct as compared to Indian or Western military and the shaping of soldiery in China has taken a very unique and somewhat enigmatic course.  In the context of PLA, in the ongoing reform era, a clear shift in the approach to HRM is apparent. One of the most important objectives of the ongoing reforms and restructuring of PLA is to appreciably augment its potential and efficiency for the effective prosecution of Integrated Joint operations (IJO) for winning Local Wars under Informationised Condition (LWUIC). This book attempt has been made to take a holistic look at soldiering and development of human potential in PLA thus progressing understanding in the broadly interpreted field of HRM in the context of the Chinese military. 

The author argues that PLA has been adopting a very systematic, methodical and focussed approach towards identifying the key issues and addressing them in a time-bound manner to enhance the quality of its personnel to include the enlisted personnel, NCOs, officers, and higher leadership. However, success or failure of HR policies depends as much on several tangible factors(educational qualification, technological prowess, economic and social background), as on various intangible aspects (influence of culture, belief system, traditional practices, political and ideological factors impinging on the morale, motivation and value system). The book would enable interested readers to comprehend and grasp the nuances of the development of human potential in the military in general and PLA in specific. Various HRD themes like organizational culture, leadership, efficient decision making, etc. analyzed in the book can find application in general context as well.

Vij Books
  • Pages: 624
  • 9788194285175 • HARDBACK • Mar 2020 • Rs.1995
  • 9788194285199 • EBOOK • Apr 2020 • Rs.995
  • Subjects: PLA, Human Resource Management
  • Tao of Soldiering
author details

Col Nihar Kuanr was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery of the Indian Army. He has done his M.Phil in Defence and National Security studies from Panjab University, India. Currently, he is a Senior Research Fellow with the United Service Institution of India (USI). His area of interest includes the armed forces of China, and HRD aspects pertaining to soldiering.

Chapter 1 Evolution of PLA Men: Saga of Chinese Civilisation, Warfare, Military History and Soldiery
Chapter 2 Downsizing and Restructuring of PLA - Impact on  Service Personnel and HR Functions
Chapter 3 Personnel Management, Conscription and Career  Progression of the Soldiery in the Consecration of China’s  New Period
Chapter 4 Transformation in Education and Training of PLA Personnel – Making of a Modern Force
Chapter 5 The Shaping of Command and Control Structure and Higher Leadership of PLA to Realise Chinese Dream
Chapter 6 Chinese Paradigm of Strategic and Military Culture, Tradition, Ethos and Value System
Chapter 7 Tao of Civil-Military Relation in China 
Chapter 8 Lessons from PLA in Human Potential Development in Indian Military

Book contains 16 Figures | 24 Tables | 16 Annexures