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管理學院 College of Management National Sun Yat-sen University
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人物專訪-David McConville助理教授(GHRM)
1. Please introduce yourself first. (請老師先簡單地介紹自己)
 
My name is David McConville and I am from England in the United Kingdom. In August I joined the Global Human Resource Management (GHRM) MBA Program at the College of Management as an Assistant Professor. Before joining the GHRM team, I was working in the UK as a Senior Lecturer. Prior to that, I completed a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology at Loughborough University (UK).  
 
I have been visiting Taiwan regularly since 2012, travelling around Taiwan, working with researchers in other universities and delivering guest lectures. I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to move to Taiwan permanently, and to work at National Sun Yat-sen University. Over the past few years, I have really enjoyed travelling around the island and learning about Taiwanese culture – there is so much more I would like to visit when I have time! I enjoy travelling to new places and learning about different people. In my spare time I enjoy watching football (I am a supporter of Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur!), playing chess (the Western version), running (10km runs), reading (I like reading about neuroscience, philosophy and psychology when I have a chance) and relaxing by the sea. It is very difficult to decide what my favorite food in Taiwan is, but I would probably say the ‘sausage in a sausage’. After a long day working, what could be better than a ‘sausage in a sausage’ (with a little garlic) and a cup of Sun Moon Lake Black Tea (with milk)?   
 
我是David McConville(莫西大衛),來自英國。我在英格蘭羅浮堡大學取得組織心理學博士學位後,於英國任教2-3年,直到去年八月,我進入中山大學人力資源管理全英語碩士學位學程(GHRM, Global Human Resource Management English MBA Program)任職助理教授。
 
我從2012年開始陸續來過台灣幾次,有時和他校研究者一起做研究,也曾受邀擔任客座教授。在過去這些年,我很享受在這個島嶼的旅行,也認識很多在地的文化和人,還有好多地方想去探索,而現在我有機會在中山大學任教,並且久居台灣,我感到非常的開心。
 
在平常的空閒時間裡,我喜歡看足球,尤其支持蘇格蘭凱爾特人(Celtic)和倫敦托特納姆熱刺(Tottenham Hotspur)隊;下西洋棋;跑步以及閱讀有關神經科學、哲學或心理學的書。談到台灣美食的話,有什麼比下班後一份大腸包小腸(最好加點蒜蓉)配上一杯日月潭紅茶鮮奶更愜意呢?
 
 
2. Why you came (chose) Taiwan for your next step? How do you like here (e.g., life style, culture, campus) and which is your favorite part?(老師為何選擇來台灣?最吸引老師的台灣特色有哪些?)
 
Many people have asked me why I came to Taiwan. There are many reasons. I like Taiwan very much, the people are extremely friendly and helpful, the food is extraordinarily good, and there is so much to see and do! I admire many of the qualities of Taiwanese people. I think the Taiwanese people are very hospitable and extremely kind to visitors. When faced with a challenge, I like the positive “can do” attitude here, and the motivation that people have to succeed. NSYSU is also fantastic place to study, to teach and conduct research – there are many world class researchers here. This is an excellent environment where people from all over the world are able to learn, develop their minds, flourish and achieve their potential. I am very pleased to be a part of this culture, and I hope to make a positive contribution to what is being achieved here.  
 
很多人問過我這個問題,我很喜歡台灣,這裡人都很友善、樂於助人,也很好客。當然,台灣的料理和風景都讓人想多加探索,我特別欣賞台灣人在面對挑戰時,散發出勢在必得的精神與態度。而中山大學的環境也十分適合教學和做研究,這裡是擁有世界級的學者,以及可以讓來自各地的人學習、發展心志和激發潛能的地方,如今我很高興身在其中,也希望未來能夠為學校做出貢獻。
 
 
3. What is your main research area?  Give one or some illustration about the most interesting or hottest topic in your area?(淺談老師的研究領域,有沒有有趣/當紅的議題?)
 
I have always had an interest in how people think, and understanding the psychology of different people and different environments. My Ph.D. was in Organizational Psychology. Very broadly, my research is concerned with how people think, feel and behave at work. Most of my work to date has focused on employee share (stock) ownership schemes and the psychological impact these schemes have (or sometimes don’t have!) on employees’ attitudes and behaviors at work. I am also very interested in psychological ownership – feelings of possession people sometimes experience, and how these experiences impact the feelings and behaviors of employees. My research, since finishing my doctorate, has focused on a number of different concepts, including person-organization fit, person-job fit, affective commitment, employee motivation, brand equity, brand leadership and citizenship behavior. Recently I have been exploring how line-managers think and behave in relation to work-life balance programs and policies, and the effects on employees. I look forward to developing my research profile further at NSYSU over the coming years.
 
我一直都很關注在人類如何思考、理解不同人和環境的心理等議題,在就讀博士的期間,組織心理學是主要的研究領域,探討工作中人的思考、感受和行為,具體舉例來說:探討「員工持股」及「心理因素」如何影響員工態度與行為。同時我對「心理所有權(psychological ownership)」也很感興趣,這指的包括人對於所有權的感受,以及這種感受如何影響員工的行為。
 
畢業之後,研究範圍擴展到許多不同的概念,包括個人組織適配(person-organization fit)、工作適配(person-job fit)、感情歸屬(affective commitment)、員工動機(employee motivation)、品牌資產(Brand Equity)、品牌領導力(Brand Leadership)以及公民行為(Citizenship Behavior)等。最近的研究主題則多關注台灣員工對於「工作與生活平衡」的態度,希望在中山的時間能更深入探討這塊。
 
 
4. Is there any goals you are expecting to achieve in NSYSU? (老師對於接下來在中山的生活有什麼期待與目標嗎?)
 
In addition to writing and publishing research papers and developing my research work at NSYSU, I am also looking forward to meeting students, discussing and debating theory and practice in the classroom and working with local businesses to develop research plans. I really enjoy Thesis supervision, and would like to mentor more students in the future. In the long term, I plan to work hard on my research and achieve promotion at NSYSU. Most importantly, my goal is to enjoy my research, publish more research papers, and work with students to develop their critical thinking skills, subject understanding, and employability. 
 
除了發表論文和發展研究,我也希望能更深入認識學生、在課堂上交流意見,以及和在地企業合作發展新的研究計畫。我很享受指導學生寫論文的過程,也希望未來能指導更多學生。就長期計劃來說,我會努力做研究、升等、幫助學生發展批判性思考的能力並且協助他們就業,但最重要的,是能盡情享受這些過程!
 
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