Management Information Systems

researcher

Cathal Brugha

Associate Professor

School of Business
Quinn School of Business
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164708
Email: cathal.brugha@ucd.ie

Biography

Prof. Cathal M. Brugha
Cathal.Brugha@ucd.ie
Tel.++353-1-7064708
http://mis.ucd.ie/Members/cbrugha 
B.Sc., M.Sc., M.B.A, Ph.D., FMII 
Irish. Born January 13th, 1949.  Married with four children. 
BSc in Mathematical Science (UCD) 1969
MSc in Mathematical Science (UCD) 1970
MBA (Dub) TCD 1974 (Prize for best dissertation)
Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies 1976
Certificate in Operations Research in the Public Service MIT 1978
PhD in Combinatorial Optimisation (UCD) 1987 

Research

Nomology

I imported this research field from philosophy into management science and developed it using decision science.  I have employed several research assistants to develop this area in various fields.  Several international researchers have visited me to learn about Nomology.  Website: www.pneumatherapy.com 

Multiple Criteria Decision Making

One of the aims of the European Special Interest Group for Multiple Attributes (ESIGMA) is to make links to other fields of research.  In my research I focus on bringing insights from other fields into management science and develop practical tools that are usable in business situations.  I have brought into MCDA concepts from Nomology (philosophy), Critical Realism (Philosophy of Science), Grounded Theory (sociology) and Personal Construct Theory (Psychology). 
Website: www.mcdm.com
 

Links to Other Fields

My main conferences are in Management Science, Information Systems, Systems Science and Decision Science.  I have also participated in Management, Marketing, Sociology and Psychology conferences to build a bridge between different fields. 

Posts

Associate Professorin Management Information Systems (MIS) in UCD 2006 - date
Senior Lecturer in MIS in UCD 1998 - 2006
College Lecturer in MIS in UCD 1991 - 1998
Lecturer in Operational Research in Dublin Institute of Technology 1974 - 1991
 
Director, Centre for Management Science and Systems; UCD Business Schools, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.
 

President, Management Science Society of Ireland (ongoing)
Fellow, Marketing Institute of Ireland  

General Editor, International Transactions in Operational Research, Official Journal of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies 2001-2005

Prof. Brugha is the international leader in research into Nomology, the formal study of the decision structures that are used in management.  He has been testing these structures as a potential inter-cultural bridge between East and West.  The project will extend and develop this research through empirical surveys of the thought processes underpinning knowledge management in inter-cultural business practices.  The specific focus is to test variations in trust within relationship management between China and English speaking countries in Western Europe.  How do the different cultural backgrounds affect the development of trust?  What does this tell us about how to develop future business relationships in a global context?  It will involve interviewing and surveying people in companies that have different mixes of Chinese and Western influences.  The most vital aspect will be to be able to Prof. Brugha is currently working on a research project to test variations in trust within relationship management between China and English speaking countries in Western Europe.
Collaborators: Prof. Rong Du, Xidian University, Xi'an,
Dr. Lan Li UCD Confucius Institute and Centre for Chinese Studies.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Management Science Society of Ireland, Function/Role: President
Association: Marketing Institute of Ireland, Function/Role: Fellow
           

Education

Year 1974 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: MBA Subject:
Year 1970 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MSc Subject:
Year 1969 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BSc Subject:
Year 1987 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject:
       

Other Activities

General Editor, International Transactions in Operational Research, official journal of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies.
Editorial Board Member, European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR)
Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Sciences (ISKSS)

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Casey, D and Brugha, CM; (2010) 'Questioning cultural orthodoxy: Policy implications for Ireland as an innovative knowledge-based economy' In: Andrew Tait and Kurt A. Richardson (eds). Complexity and Knowledge Management - Understanding the Role of Knowledge in the Management of Social Networks. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.. , pp.285-316 Available Online [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (2000) 'What is Management Science? - Science Education for Business Careers' In: Brugha, C.M.; (eds). RDS in association with Esat Telecom. , pp.95-101 [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1999) 'Synergy: A Spiritual Issue in the Context of Change Management' In: Brugha, C.M.; (eds). Plenum. , pp.253-258 [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1998) 'Structuring and Weighting Criteria in Multi Criteria Decision-Making (MCDM)' In: Brugha, C.M.; (eds). Springer-Verlag. , pp.229-242 [Details]
Brugha, C.M. and Donnelly, K.; (1995) 'Disturbing the Stability of Purchasing: The Key to Successful Launching of FMCG Brands' In: Brugha, C.M. and Donnelly, K.; (eds). Oak Tree Press. , pp.420-433 [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Du, R., Ai, S. and Brugha, C.; (2009) 'Priority Pointing Procedure: a Normative Research Method for Management Sciences to Bridge Academic Research and Managerial Practice'. Chinese Journal of Management, 6 (4). [Details]
Brugha, C., Rong Du, and Shizhong Ai ; (2008) 'An Integrated Knowledge Management Development System (IKMDS)'. International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Sciences, 5 (1). [Details]
Rong Du, Shizhong Ai, Cathal M. Brugha ; (2008) 'How Does the Chinese School of Management Sciences Go Towards the World: Its Problems and Strategy'. Chinese Journal of Management, 5 (4). [Details]
Brugha, C; (2008) 'Why Ireland rejected the Lisbon Treaty'. Journal of Public Affairs, 8 :303-308. [DOI] [Details]
Brugha, C; (2006) 'Conflict Decision Processes: With Illustrations from Ireland'. International Scientific Journal of Methods and Models of Complexity: ISJ M&MC; An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research of Complexity, 8 (1). [Details]
Brugha, CM; (2006) 'A Meta System for Understanding International Conflict'. International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Sciences, 3 (3):17-23. [Details]
Brugha, C; (2005) 'Emotional intelligence in MCDA: comments on Mindsets, rationality and emotion in Multi-criteria Decision Analysis'. J.Multi-Crit. Decis. Anal, 13 (4). [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (2005) 'Priority Pointing Within the Systems Development Life Cycle'. International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Sciences, 2 (2):25-32. [Details]
Brugha, C. M. and Bowen, K.; (2005) 'Decision research using cognitive structures'. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 18 (1):67-88. [Details]
Casey, D and Brugha, CM.; (2005) 'Questioning Cultural Orthodoxy: Policy Implications for Ireland as an Innovative Knowledge Based Economy'. E:CO, 7 (1):2-10. [Details]
Brugha, C.; (2004) 'Structure of multi-criteria decision-making'. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 55 (11):1156-1168. [Details]
Brugha, C. M.; (2004) 'Phased multicriteria preference finding'. European Journal of Operational Research, 158 (2):308-316. [Details]
Casey, D. and Brugha, C.; (2004) 'Implications of knowledge economy for citizens: An empirical exploration'. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 17 (6):557-571. [Details]
Brugha, Cathal M. ; (2001) 'Decision-maker centred MCDM: Some empirical tests and their implications Multiple Criteria Decision-making in the New Millennium'. Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, Springer, 507 :69-78. [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (2001) 'Implications from decision science for the Systems Development Life Cycle in information systems'. Information Systems Frontiers, 3 (1):91-105. [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (2001) 'Systemic thinking in China: A meta-decision-making bridge to Western concepts'. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 14 (3):339-360. [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (2000) 'An Introduction to the Priority-Pointing Procedure'. Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, 9 :227-242. [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (2000) 'Relative measurement and the power function'. European Journal of Operational Research, 121 :627-640. [Details]
Brugha, C.; (2000) 'A Meta-System for Information Systems'. The Systemist, :1-14. [Details]
Brugha, C.; (2000) 'Relative measurement and the power function'. European Journal of Operational Research, 121 :627-640. [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1998) 'Information Systems Development: Who Owns the Decision?'. Systemist, 20 :48-63. [Details]
Brugha, CM; (1998) 'The structure of qualitative decision-making'. European Journal of Operational Research, 104 (1):46-62. [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1998) 'The structure of adjustment decision making'. European Journal of Operational Research, 104 (1):63-76. [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1998) 'The structure of development decision making'. European Journal of Operational Research, 104 (1):77-92. [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1991) 'Better Management of Irish Hospitals'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 160 (8):239-242. [Details]
Brugha, C.M. and Turley, D.; (1987) 'A Low-Involvement Choice Model for Consumer Panel Data'. Irish Marketing Review, 2 :51-60. [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1986) 'Ireland Incorporated: The Imperative of Leadership Towards a Consensus'. Irish Marketing Review, 1 :118-130. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

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 Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China, , 23-JUN-09 - 26-JUN-09 , pp.1-2 [Details]
Brugha, C., Richard Lowe ; (2009) Priority Pointing for Irish Forestry MCDM 2009: The 20th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision-Making Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China, , 23-JUN-09 - 26-JUN-09 , pp.1-2 [Details]
Brugha, C; (2009) A Methodology for Sustainable Development . In: European Special Interest Group on Complex Societal Problems eds. EURO XXIII, 23rd European Conference on Operational Research, OR Creating Competitive Advantage, the Association for European Operational Research Societies (EURO) Bonn, , 05-JUL-09 - 08-JUL-09 , pp.1-2 [Details]
Brugha, C; (2009) China's Relations with Europe . In: ¿State of the Art Workshop: Mutual session of special researchers of several EURO working groups: OR and Development, Ethics, Decision making, Methodology of Societal Complexity and others¿ organized by Prof. Dr. Dorien DeTombe, Prof. Dr. Cathal Brugha, and Prof. Dr. Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber eds. EURO XXIII, 23rd European Conference on Operational Research, OR Creating Competitive Advantage, the Association for European Operational Research Societies (EURO) Bonn, , 05-JUL-09 - 08-JUL-09 , pp.1-8 [Details]
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 Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China, , 23-JUN-09 - 26-JUN-09 , pp.1-2 [Details]
Brugha, C; (2009) Survey of Irish Business in China Ireland China Association Conference: China - The Business Opportunities and Risks Royal Dublin Society (RDS), , 07-OCT-09 - 07-OCT-09 , pp.1-3 [Details]
Rong Du, Brugha, C., Shizhong Ai; (2009) The Priority Pointing Procedure and Its Application to an Intercultural Trust Project - Methodology MCS'2009: The 9th International Workshop on Meta-Synthesis and Complex Systems Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China, , 21-JUN-09 - 22-JUN-09 , pp.1-2 [Details]
Brugha, C; (2008) A Meta-Model for Values and Ethics Operational Research: Developing Communities, Managing the Connections amongst Them, 50 Years of IFORS, International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) Sandton, South Africa, , 13-JUL-08 - 18-JUL-08 , pp.1-2 [Details]
Brugha, C; (2007) Ken Bowen's Last Major Collaboration: Decision Research Using Cognitive Structures . In: European Special Interest Group on Complex Societal Problems Sessions eds. EURO XXII, 22nd European Conference on Operational Research, OR Creates Bridges, the Association for European Operational Research Societies (EURO) Prague, , 08-JUL-07 - 11-JUL-07 , pp.1-3 [Details]
Brugha, C; (2009) Exploring Refinability of Multi-Criteria Decisions . In: Yong Shi, Shouyang Wang, Yi Peng, Jianping Li and Yong Zeng eds. 20th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China, [Details]
O'Brien, B, and Brugha, C; (2009) Adapting and Refining in a Structured MCDM method EURO XXIII, 23rd European Conference on Operational Research , pp.1-2 [Details]
Brugha, C; (2009) Ireland as China as a Gateway into Europe . In: Wang, Liming eds. The Inaugural CEA (Europe) and 20th CEA (UK) Annual Conference, China and the Changing Landscape of the World Economy Dublin, [Details]
Casey, D and Brugha, CM.; (2005) Telling Tales through Software: Understanding Complexity in Systems Development Managing Complexity - The Contributions of Systems Thinking and Practice, UK Systems Society (UKSS) Annual Conference St. Anne's College, Oxford University, UK, [Details]
Casey, D and Brugha, CM.; (2005) Understanding the Situation of Information Systems Development Failure: A role for Pragmatism Action in Language, Organisations and Information Systems, 3rd International Conference - ALOIS*2005 Limerick, , pp.48-64 [Details]
Brugha, Cathal M.; (2003) Management Research: A Meta-Synthesis of Natural Science, Social Studies and Management Practice . In: ifa Gu and Yoshiteru Nakamori and Zhongtuo Wang and Tang, Xijin eds. Lecture Notes in Decision Sciences 3, Proceedings of KSS 2003 & MCS 2003 , pp.138-143 [Details]
Brugha, C.; (2003) A Framework for Understanding Systems Methodologies in Management . In: Guangya Chen, T.C. Edwin Cheng and Jifa Gu eds. Systems Science and Systems Engineering, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Systems Science and Systems Engineering (ICSSSEâ¿¿03) , pp.119-124 [Details]
Brugha, C.; (2000) An Empirical Analysis of AHP and MAUT type MCDM Approaches The 17th European Conference on Operational Research Budapest, Hungary, [Details]
Brugha, C. and Schwaninger, M. and Bowen, K.; (2000) Dealing With Complex Societal Issues: Helping Actors to Determine a Way Ahead The Irish Academy of Management Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (2000) Decision-Maker Centred MCDM The 15th International Conference on MCDM Turkey, [Details]
Brugha, C.M. and Bowen, K.; (2000) Dealing With Complex Issues and Helping to Determine a Way Ahead 17th European Conference on Operational Research Budapest, Hungary, [Details]
Brugha, C. and Bowen, K.; (2000) Dealing With Complex Issues and Helping to Determine a Way Ahead The 17th European Conference on Operational Research Budapest, Hungary, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1999) Methodology for Analysing Complex Societal Problems The International Federation of Operational Research Societies 15th Triennial Conference Beijing, China, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1999) A Cybernetic Model of Thinking Processes for Use in Oriental / Occidental Mutual Understanding International Federation of Operational Research Societies 15th Triennial Conference Beijing, China, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1999) A Cybernetic Model of Thinking Processes for Use in Oriental / Occidental Mutual Understanding The International Federation of Operational Research Societies 15th Triennial Conference Beijing, China, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1999) Change Management East and West: A Search for Common Ground . In: Despotis, D.K. and Zopounidis, C eds. 5th International Conference of the Decision Sciences Institute Athens, Greece, , pp.766-768 [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1999) Change Management East and West: Seeking Commonality, Retaining Diversity EURO / Management Science Society of Ireland Conference Smurfit School of Business, Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1999) Rules for Structuring of Criteria Trees and the Depth of Trees, and the Relative Importance of the Criteria in the Elicitation of Criterion Weights at a Panel Session on Cross-Fertilisation of MCDA Methods International Federation of Operational Research Societies 15th Triennial Conference Beijing, China, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1999) Trust and Commitment in Relationship Marketing IMP Conference University College Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1999) Trust and Commitment in Relationship Marketing: The Perspective from Decision Science 15th IMP Annual Conference of the IMP Group Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1999) Trust and Commitment in Relationship Marketing The IMP Conference University College Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1999) Rules for Structuring of Criteria Trees and the Depth of Trees, and the Relative Importance of the Criteria in the Elicitation of Criterion Weights at a Panel Session on Cross-Fertilisation of MCDA Methods The International Federation of Operational Research Societies 15th Triennial Conference Beijing, China, [Details]
Brugha, C; (1999) Trust and Commitment in Relationship Marketing: The Perspective from Decision Science the 15th IMP Annual Conference of the IMP Group Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C. and Agrell, P.S.; (1999) Complexity and Quality The International Federation of Operational Research Societies 15th Triennial Conference Beijing, China, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1999) Change Management East And West: A Search For Common Ground . In: Despotis, D.K. and Zopounidis, C eds. the 5th International Conference of the Decision Sciences Institute Athens, Greece, , pp.766-768 [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1999) Methodology for Analysing Complex Societal Problems International Federation of Operational Research Societies 15th Triennial Conference Beijing, China, [Details]
Brugha, C. and Schwaninger, M. and Bowen, K.; (1999) From Methodological Dichotomy to Complementarity: Determining How to Proceed with Complex Societal Issues EURO / Management Science Society of Ireland Conference Smurfit School of Business, Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1999) The Log-Linear Synthesis of Relative Measurements at a Panel Session on Comparing the Additive and Multiplicative Approaches to the Analytical Hierarchy Process The 5th International Conference of the Decision Sciences Institute Athens, Greece, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1998) Therapeutic Development: A Paradigm Underlying Soft OR and IS OR40: Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society Lancaster University, UK, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1998) Synthesising Relative Assessments in Multi Criteria Decision Making The 16th European Conference on Operational Research Brussels, Belgium, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1998) A Generic Change Management Decision Model the 3rd UKAIS Conference Lincoln University, , pp.420-430 [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1998) Considering WSR in The Context Of Nomology, A Generic Meta Model For Systems Studies the 3rd International Conference on Systems Science and Systems Engineering (ICSSSE) Beijing, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1998) Information Systems Development: Who Owns the Decision? the Philosophical Aspects of Information Symposium University of the West of England, [Details]
Brugha, C.M. and Schwaninger, M.; (1998) A Heuristic for the Choice of Methodology to Use in Complex Situations 40th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society Lancaster University, UK, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1998) A Generic Change Management Decision Model 16th European Conference on Operational Research Brussels, Belgium, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1998) Considering WSR in The Context Of Nomology, A Generic Meta Model For Systems Studies 3rd International Conference on Systems Science and Systems Engineering (ICSSSE) Beijing, [Details]
Brugha, Cathal M. ; (1998) Structuring and weighting criteria in multi criteria decision-making (MCDM) . In: Stewart, T.J., Van den Honert, R.C. (Eds.) eds. Trends in Multi-criteria Decision-Making: Priceedings of the 13th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision-Making Cape Town, , pp.229-242 [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1998) Therapeutic Development: A Paradigm Underlying Soft OR and IS 40th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society Lancaster University, UK, [Details]
Rogers, M. and Bruen, M. and Brugha, C.M.; (1998) Qualitatively Assessed Criteria Within Outranking Methods 16th European Conference on Operational Research Brussels, Belgium, [Details]
Brugha, C. and Schwaninger, M.; (1998) A Heuristic for the Choice of Methodology to Use in Complex Situations OR40: Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society Lancaster University, UK, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1997) Using Management Science to Understand Service Levels the American Marketing Association's 1997 Special Conference Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1997) Interacting Game Theory and Northern Ireland World Congress on Violence & Human Coexistence Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1997) A Non-Matrix Basis for the Analytical Hierarchy Process EURO XV / INFORMS XXXIV: Joint International Meeting Barcelona, Spain, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1997) Differentiating Attributes of Decision Alternatives from Criteria of Decision Makers 13th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making University of Cape Town, South Africa, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1997) A Generic Model for a Solution Development Cycle EURO XV / INFORMS XXXIV: Joint International Meeting Barcelona, Spain, [Details]
Brugha, C. and O'Higgins, E.; (1997) Creativity and Learning: Individuals in Organisations The Fifth European Congress of Psychology Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1997) Using Management Science to Understand Service Levels American Marketing Association's 1997 Special Conference Dublin, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1997) Differentiating Attributes of Decision Alternatives from Criteria of Decision Makers The 13th International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making University of Cape Town, South Africa, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1996) Analysing Adjustment Decision Making in Management The 14th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies Vancouver, B.C., Canada, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1996) The Structure of Qualitative Decision-Making: Implications for Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis The 14th Triennial Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies Vancouver, B.C., Canada, [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1996) The Structure Of Qualitative Decision-Making: Implications for the Analytical Hierarchy Process the 4th International Symposium on the Analytical Hierarchy Process Simon Fraser University, Canada, , pp.190-201 [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1996) The Structure of Qualitative Decision-Making: Implications for the Analytical Hierarchy Process 4rth International Symposium on the Analytical Hierarchy Process Simon Fraser University, Canada, , pp.190-201 [Details]
Brugha, C.; (1995) Systematic Analysis of the Structure of Qualitative Decision-Making The 14th European Conference of Operations Research - 20th Anniversary of EURO Jerusalem, Israel, [Details]
Brugha, C.M.; (1994) Measuring the Stability of Consumer Purchasing in a Brand Switching Environment 13th European Conference of Operations Research Strathclyde, Scotland, [Details]
                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

My research is into the constructs that people use when addressing strategic and decision-making problems, and the frameworks that support them, and the under-pinning theory.  This raises two challenges.  One is that such theory must have a basis in how people think and shape their decisions; so you need ¿theory about the bases of theory¿.  The other is that you cannot have totally different frameworks for each branch of management; you need ¿meta-theory¿.  This brings one into theory about general laws, or Nomology, the ¿science of the laws of the mind¿. 

One of my works in progress is a book on the methodologies and systems used in management, http://mis.ucd.ie/staff/cbrugha.  It explores the generative structures behind these systems, and puts into common frameworks 100 systems ranging from from SWOT analysis to the Balanced Scorecard to the Excellence Model of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).  I use the term ¿nomological maps¿ because maps help you to navigate a territory.  First it is necessary to draw the map, which is like building a jig-saw puzzle using fragment of maps, i.e. the bits of experiences of people who have explored the territory previously.  I do my empirical work in the most important developing field of management science, multi-criteria decision-making, www.mcdm.com.  MCDM mirrors much of management, and draws on Personal Construct Theory from Psychology, Grounded Theory from Sociology, Critical Realism from Philosophy of Science, and Nomology, as well as using measurement methods, case studies and Action Research.  Because it can be applied to any kind of decision I have been able to teach my research and involve my students, both under-graduate and post-graduate, in empirical testing. 

A personally enriching aspect of this research comes from how Nomology contributes to aspects of personal growth and development, www.pneumatherapy.com.

My main conferences are in Management Science, Information Systems, Systems Science and Decision Science.  I have also participated in Management, Marketing, Sociology and Psychology conferences to build a bridge between different fields.

The size of the project means that I am still developing aspects of Nomological theory.  Recently I have been focusing on conflict, and am currently looking at conflict resolution.  As I focus on the remaining gaps in the theory I am finding more cross-overs in contribution of aspects to apparently different areas.  In this case it turns out that conflict resolution helps in resolving client-customer difficulties in the delivery stage of project management.

I see my work in Nomology as model-building, with the methods I use for theory building drawing from my original training in mathematics.  Each piece of the theory has an associated principle or axiom.  The constant challenge is to find a contradiction that disproves any of the theory.  This has led to testing these structures in China, and to collaborations with Professors Rong Du and Shizhong Ai, of the School of Economics and Management, Xidian University, Xi'an, China, and with Dr. Lan Li of the UCD Confucius Institute and the Institute of Chinese Studies UCD, which is located in the Quinn School. 

Research Projects

Sponsor : UCD Faculty of Commerce
Title : To validate the meta-decision -making inter-cultural systems bridge between Europe and China.
Start Date / End Date : 01-AUG-02 / 31-JUL-07
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Variations in understanding of trust between China and Europe
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-06 / 30-SEP-07
   

Collaborators

 

External Collaborators

Professor Rong Du
Email: durong@mail.xidian.edu.cn

Current Position           2007- present      Xidian University

Full professor of management.

Previous Positions         1998- present      Xidian University

Associate professor of management. 2006.12-2007.12      University College DublinVisiting Professor

Work Experience         1990-1995           Xi’an Petroleum Exploration and Instrument Company

Assistant engineer of electronic engineering and computer applications, engaged in system and software development with computer workstation. 

Education                      2004, Ph.D.          Xidian University

Major: Applied Mathematics.Dissertation Title: Study of Optimal Decision-Making in Pricing and Promotion1998, M.E.            Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China.          Major: Technical Economics1990, B.E.            Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China.          Major: Information and Control Engineering 

Research Interests     Decision analysis and modeling in knowledge management and marketing

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