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Impact of Lao Tzu, Confucius and Sun Tzu on Current Business Philosophies

Part of the China Ready Suite - Ancient Chinese philosophy is a collection of great wisdom that can be applied to contemporary business activities. Thematic approaches from philosophers Lao Tzu, Confucius and Sun Tzu that can be adopted to manage the internal and external challenges of a business entity.

Module Content

Some of the applications include enterprise management, business growth, negotiation and staying competitive are the focus of the course. The understanding of these classical philosophies could inspire business entities to adopt them suitably to their business activities.

  • Lao Tzu’s philosophy of “nature” and its application in enterprise management, business growth, business negotiation, project planning and so on.
  • Confucius’s “benevolence, righteousness, etiquette, wisdom and trust” and the relevant application in enterprise management, interaction with people, and in direction of development
  • Sun Tzu’s concept of “conquering without fighting” and its application in business negotiation, competitiveness and market growth.


Lessons are conducted in a structured yet pragmatic manner as lectures are blended with group discussions, role-plays and individual assessments. The group discussions give participants the opportunities to share their experience while role-playing and presentation help the practice and application of concepts and approaches learned through the course.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to understand and consider the suitability to adopt classic philosophy to manage their business activities such as fine-tuning corporate policy and management style, setting the business position and direction, adopting effective strategies for business negotiation, market growth and staying competitive.

Target Participants:

Professionals, Managers, Executives

Medium of Instruction:


Total Training Hours: 8 hours

Min. Chinese Proficiency of Applicant:

C6 Pass for GCE ‘O’ Level

Able to comprehend and answer the assessment in Chinese according to the learning mode

In-classroom Training: writing - pen and paper

Synchronous e-learning: hanyu pinyin input method (汉语拼音输入法) using one’s personal computer (PC) web-browser

Assessment and Certification

Participants who achieve 75% attendance and pass the end-of-course assessment will be awarded the Certificate of Attendance.

Course Schedule


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9.00am to 6.00pm

Mode of Delivery:

Delivered via synchronous e-learning


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Mode of Delivery:


Total Training Hours: 8 hours
Registration Closing Date: 7 days before course commencement

Course Fees

Category Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents Employer-sponsored and Self-sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above SME-sponsored Local Employees (i.e Singapore Citizen & Permanent Residents)
Funding Source SkillsFuture Funding (Baseline) SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy SkillsFuture Enhanced Training Support for SMEs
Course Fees $450.00 $450.00 $450.00
SkillsFuture Funding $225.00 $315.00 $315.00
Total Nett Fee $225.00 $135.00 $135.00
GST (8%) $36.00 $36.00 $36.00
Total Fee Payable to SCCIOB $261.00 $171.00 $171.00

Prices shown are not inclusive of application fee and/or any other additional fees that may be stipulated.

Course fees can be offset by using your SkillsFuture Credit!

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  In-Classroom Training Synchronous e-learning
TGS Code TGS-2020513247 TGS-2020501984
Course Support Period 01 Nov 2020 to 27 Apr 2024 28 Apr 2018 to 27 Apr 2024

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