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What’s in a scientist name? Applying onomastics in scientometrics: the case of Cancer Research

The IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence is an international institutional non-profit association of ranking organizations, universities and other bodies interested in university rankings and academic excellence.

Our friend Tania Vichnevskaia of the French National Institute for Health (INSERM) presented the following paper ‘Applying onomastics to scientometrics’ on Monday at IREG International symposium organised by University of Maribor and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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Chinese, Japanese business communities in Latin America

To continue our tour of global business communities, this week we present the onomastics mapping of Chinese and Japanese company directors in Latin America (except Mexico). Our first map represents the overall number of Chinese and Japanese company directors, by country.

20130405_LatAm_CN_JP_Onomastics_vF

This same information can also be represented as a pie chart:

20130405_LatAm_CN_JP_Onomastics_Table_vF

Our second map shows where Chinese and Japanese businessmen are likely to settle down.

20130405_LatAm_CN_vs_JP_Onomastics_Map_vF

 

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Making sense of three Kanji : Chinese names and Japanese names

Three Kanji Names : Chinese or Japanese

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A hint at some work in progress : enjoying the beauty of Kanji and trying to make sense of every bit of information to recognize Chinese names and Japanese names.

Wikipedia tells us that « Japanese names have distinct differences from Chinese names through the selection of characters in a name and pronunciation. A Japanese person can distinguish a Japanese name from a Chinese name by looking at it. Akie Tomozawa, […] said that this was equivalent to how “Europeans can easily tell that the name ‘Smith’ is English and ‘Schmidt’ is German or ‘Victor’ is English or French and ‘Vittorio’ is Italian”. »

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Indian, Chinese, Russian and Japanese directors in European Big Business – an onomastics view [2/2]

Today, with this map of Japanese and Russian business communities in Europe, we complete an earlier post about Indian and Chinese presence in European economic affairs (*).

Japanese and Russian Business Comunities in EU plus Switzerland (vF)

The map would look different if we filtered information according to certain sectors (industry, trade, energy,…) but as it is, what does the picture tell us?

Besides showing the obvious and the well-known (a strong Russian business community in Russia’s traditional zone of influence, for example in the Baltic’s Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia ; a predominance of Russian businessmen in Cyprus international “offshore” financial holdings), it reveals several less expected features.

Firstly, one would expect Germany to be a stronghold of Russian business in Europe, due to the high level of trade between Russia and Germany. It may be so, but while there are many company directors with Russian names, there are even more Chinese, Indian and Japanese businessmen  in Germany.

Secondly, there is a clear Japanese preference in favour of Belgium and the Netherlands for Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) and as an entry door for trade with Europe.

Thirdly, while Indian and Chinese directors share a similar profile to select European target countries for FDIs and trading, Russian and Japanese businessmen demonstrate more polarization: they generally make different choices.

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(* We show the density of Japanese and Russian company directors expressed relatively to the total density of Japanese, Russian, Indian and Chinese presence, measured using the onomastics of about half a million company directors of the largest companies of all sectors, in the European Union plus Switzerland. Accuracy of name classification software is typically in the range 75%-95%)

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Indian, Chinese, Russian and Japanese directors in European Big Business – an onomastics view [1/2]

In December 2012, we attempted to show graphically the cultural origins of about half a million directors of companies registered in the European Union (plus Switzerland). We found that twenty years after the official creation of the European Union, the European economy is still highly fragmented according national considerations (Greek companies have Greek directors, etc).

Amongst the colourful European company directors onomastics mille-feuille, four tiny layers represent the Indian, Chinese, Russian and Japanese names. There can be different reasons why a company director of such foreign origin should be on the board of a European company:

– the company may be the subsidiary of an Indian, Chinese, Russian or Japanese company,

– the company may have made significant investments abroad (joint-ventures, etc.) with Indian, Chinese, Russian or Japanese partners,

– the manager (or his ascendants) may have emigrated from his original country, before he made his way to the top locally,

– the director may have been recruited globally for his particular management skills.

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In the map top left, we look at the relative share of Indian directors comparatively to Indian, Chinese, Russian and Japanese directors in each country. Not surprisingly, the Indian business community is strong in Great-Britain but other strongholds include Denmark and Luxembourg.

In the map top right, we see that Chinese businessmen are relatively very present in Switzerland and Germany.

If Indian and Chinese businessmen seem to desert Netherland, this is due to the strong Japanese business community. In the same way, both Indian and Chinese are relatively absent from Cyprus, a location favoured by Russian businessmen to create financial holdings and redirect investments towards Russia.

About FDIMagnet,

FDI Magnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services:

–   Diaspora Direct Investments (DDI)
–   Smart Investors Targeting & CRM
–   FDI Targeted Communication

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