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Soft OR in China: A critical report (2013)
Journal Article
Li, Y., & Zhu, Z. (2014). Soft OR in China: A critical report. European journal of operational research, 232(3), 427-434. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2013.04.035

As China's reform steps into the 'deep water zone' where value complexity becomes paramount, general-purpose decision-making aids such as Operational Research (OR) are increasingly confronted with the challenge of dealing with interest conflicts. How... Read More about Soft OR in China: A critical report.

Pragmatic strategy: Eastern wisdom, global success (2012)
Book
Nonaka, I., & Zhu, Z. (2012). Pragmatic strategy: Eastern wisdom, global success. Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Pragmatism is enjoying a renaissance in management studies and the social sciences. Once written off as amoral, relativist and opposed to the ideals of Truth, Reason and Progress, it is now regaining influence in public policy, international relation... Read More about Pragmatic strategy: Eastern wisdom, global success.

After paradim: Why mixing-methodology theorising fails and how to make it work again (2011)
Journal Article
Zhu, Z. (2011). After paradim: Why mixing-methodology theorising fails and how to make it work again. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 62(4), 784-798. https://doi.org/10.1057/jors.2010.31

Combining multiple methodologies works in practice, but not yet in theory. One of the reasons is that current theorising is dominated by a paradigm mentality, preoccupied with wholesale philosophical legitimation. 'Paradigm' and the associated 'incom... Read More about After paradim: Why mixing-methodology theorising fails and how to make it work again.

Theorizing systems methodologies across cultures (2010)
Journal Article
Zhichang, Z. (2010). Theorizing systems methodologies across cultures. Systems research and behavioral science, 27(2), 208-223. doi:10.1002/sres.1026

People across cultures solve problems differently, so do they theorize systems methodologies. Mainstream systems research has thus far managed to ignore the cultural dimension, which generates frustrations in cross-border conversation and application... Read More about Theorizing systems methodologies across cultures.


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