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China Research Visit 2009

China Research Visit 2009

Image credit: xidian University

Professor Cathal Brugha was recently on a research visit to China. He was a visiting professor working with Professors Rong Du and Shizhong Ai of Xidian University, Xi'an on several projects.

  1. The ongoing Inter-Cultural Trust survey and interviews of Irish business people who do business in China, which also involves Dr. Lan Li and a team of researchers in the Confucius Institute / Institute for Chinese Studies based in the Quinn Business School.
  2. The application of Nomology (generic decision structures) to build an inter-cultural bridge between both cultures.
  3. The interpretation of the results of a survey that uses an application of his Priority Pointing Procedure (PPP) to a current case in Xi’an Government’s Department of Fiscal Affairs. This was the first occasion on which the PPP procedure was implemented entirely in the Chinese language.

Some of the team who worked on the interpretation of the replies are in the photograph (for more information see http://www.xidian.edu.cn/

Professor Brugha gave talks to Under-Graduate Students, Post-Graduate Students and Academic Staff of the School of Economics & Management on “An Introduction to Nomology”, and on “Ireland as China's Gateway into Europe”.

At the end of his visit the Head of Xidian University’s International Office indicated their intention to seek a twinning relationship with University College Dublin.

The three of them then read papers at MCS 2009: The 9th International Workshop on Meta-Synthesis and Complex Systems, and the 20th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision-Making, in Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China, http://www.mcdm2009.cn/.

After that, with the assistance of Professor Rong Du as interpreter, Professor Brugha gave two talks, one to staff, the other to students, of the Department of Management Information Systems, School of Economics and Management, Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology, Baotou.

His collaboration with Professors Du and Ai has been ongoing for several years, one of which they spent in UCD funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council.

In 2008 and 2009 they had joint articles published in the Chinese language, in the Chinese Journal of Management.

Recent Conference Presentations below:

  • Brugha, C. (2009), "A Methodology for Sustainable Development”: European Special Interest Group on Complex Societal Problems Sessions, EURO XXIII, 23rd European Conference on Operational Research, OR Creating Competitive Advantage, the Association for European Operational Research Societies (EURO) in Bonn, July 5-8.
  • Brugha, C., Richard Lowe (2009), “Priority Pointing for Irish Forestry”, MCDM 2009: The 20th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision-Making, in Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China from 23-26 June 2009.
  • Brugha, C., Shizhong Ai, Rong Du (2009), “The Priority Pointing Procedure, A Tool for Strategy Finding – Application to Case in Xi’an Government’s Department of Fiscal Affairs”, MCDM 2009: The 20th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision-Making, in Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China from 23-26 June 2009.
  • Rong Du, Brugha, C., Shizhong Ai, (2009), “The Priority Pointing Procedure and Its Application to an Intercultural Trust Project – Interpretation of Results”, MCDM 2009: The 20th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision-Making, in Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China from 23-26 June 2009.
  • Brugha, C. (2009), “Exploring Refinability of Multi-Criteria Decisions”: MCS 2009: The 9th International Workshop on Meta-Synthesis and Complex Systems, in Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China from 21-22 June 2009.
  • Rong Du, Brugha, C., Shizhong Ai, (2009), “The Priority Pointing Procedure and Its Application to an Intercultural Trust Project - Methodology”, MCDM 2009: The 9th International Workshop on Meta-Synthesis and Complex Systems, in Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China from 21-22 June 2009.