Monday, November 30, 2009

Meeting Professor Extraordinaire Rosenberg

We have heard of E-Learning and have somehow try to utilise this tool or technology in our teaching and learning initiative. Today I met Prof Rosenberg who is an independent New Jersey, USA-based management consultant, writer, educator and leading figure in the world of training, organizational learning, e-learning, knowledge management and performance improvement. He was conducting a workshop titled E-Learning in Higher Education: Effective Planning and Implementation Strategies to Support Learning and Teaching. The workshop was organized by AKEPT, Ministry of Higher Education and was held right here in Shah Alam. There's indeed a lot of research that ARI members can explore in the area of E-Learning....

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Carbon Accounting?

Of late, there has been interest in a new topic called "carbon accounting"? I was recently approached by a group of scientists who are currently conducting various researches on environmental-related matters.
I was asked if ARI researchers could participate in their research and compute the costs that have to be incurred in order to clean the environment from unnecessary carbon monoxide emissions. I personally think it is possible. The concept is very similar to computing internal and external failure costs in TQM. Interested members please let me know. This project will involve diversed expertise such as environmental engineering, Chemistry and biology. Any takers?...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Salam Aidil Adha

Salam Aidil Adha to all ARI's friends and members. The year is almost coming to an end. I wish to congratulate all ARI members who have contributed significantly this year. 2009 has been fruitful for ARI. Some very significant outcome include: Recognition of ARI as a National Centre of Excellence by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE); Submission of ARI journals for SCOPUS indexing; Purchase of JOFRA by Emerald International Publication; ISI-indexed journal articles; SCOPUS-indexed journal articles; ISI & SCOPUS-Indexed conference proceedings; Lots of referred journal articles; Research grants from numerous agencies; Books of Readings; Research & Academic Books; Completion of many applied research monographs; International awards for innovations and monay more blessings.
Thank you all ARI and Faculty members who have been very committed. We will do more for 2010 Insyaallah

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fulltime Researchers for ARI

Insyaallah ARI will be getting fifteen fulltime researchers next semester for 2-3 years. Names have already been given to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation). Basically, these researchers will be focussing on research, publication and innovation. Specific KPI will be given upon appoinment - certain number of article publication in journals indexed by SCOPUS & ISI Thomson per year; certain amount of International grants per year etc. By giving them reduced teaching workloads, ARI is confident that the KPI targets could be achieved.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Road to AKNC Final

What can be done effectively in fifteen minutes?. That is the amount of time alloted to all finalists of the Vice Chancellor Quality Award 2009. As one of the finalist, ARI and the Faculty of Accountancy management team was having a brainstorming session today of how best to showcase our achievements and initiatives to the judges. Already some members were giving some brilliant ideas for the occasion. The final will be hld on 30th November at 2.30 pm. Good luck everyone....

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Power of Information...

As a director of ARI, I was recently invited by a group of business owners to facilitate them in a workshop that examines publicly available data and information of their competitors. Using such data, they are able to strategize for future direction. It was interesting to note that we are actually in possession of so many data and information but are not using them for our competitive advantage. Great lesson...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Two Products for International Exhibition in Korea

Congratlulations to Associate Professors Dr Rozainun and Dr Nor'azam who have been selected to showcase their respective innovations at a forthcoming international exposition in Korea. These products had won silvers at the resent PECIPTA 2009 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. Basically, only those products that have won silver or gold awards are allowed to participate at international exhibitions.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Industrial Networking

I have just completed a ten-day NAfMA 2009 second visits. As the head assessor for the visits, we really had to scrutinise participants' management accounting tools and how they (the MA tools) have contributed significantly to the companies' value creation.
It was indeed a very taxing 10 days for me. Nevertheless, one of the most satisfying aspects of the judging is how much one learns from the industry. The networking that academics like me is able to establish with key industry players is invaluable. NAfMA is actually creating a win-win environment to participating companies, to the assessors and to the organizors.
All second-time participants have come out very strong this year with much more management accounting tools being showcased. Congratulations NAfMA...and thank you for the opportunity given to ARI and AMARC to be a partner to NAfMA.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

FRGS Workshop

Prof Dr Najib from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) will be conducting a FRGS research proposal workshop at the FSPU. ARI members are encouraged to participate in the event. ARI hopes to submit fifteen FRGS and five escience proposals in the forthcoming round.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Writing Book Chapters

Prof Dr Rashidah, ARI Deputy Director will be conducting a workshop next week on writing book chapters in corporate governance, public sector accounting, forensic accounting, financial management and auditing. ARI hopes to complete two hundred chapters after the workshop. The target date of completion will be 31 December 2009.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Management Innovations

I have been recently appointed as one of the judges for the Management Best Practice Award at UiTM.
Based on this year's aparticipation alone, I am confident that the university's aspiration to totally migrate its manual system to digital is about to be realized.
The presentations by the thirteen finalists include electronic-based system such as e-kolej, e-voting, e-payment, e-book for the library, e-registration and many others that should be emulated by other faculties & divcisions within the university.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

ARI Participation at IID 2010

ARI will be sending 22 products for the forthcoming IID 2010 which will be held on 14-17 January 2010. Basically product selection has been based either on commercialisation or academic writing potentials. As such, all products to be showcased at IID 2010 will need to get basic IPR such as copyrights plus either collaboration with industry partner or publication acceptance by indexed journals. All participants will have to comply to these requirements.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

PhD Proposal Defense

Our first year PhD students had their proposal presentation this morning. Thank you all panelists who helped to review the proposals. I hope the students had learned a great deal and would be able to improve on their proposals asap.
To date, ARI and the faculty have fifty one PhD-qualified lecturers from whom the students can learn and consult. I was appointed to chair one session where two proposals were presented.

Submission of FRGS Monograph

ARI will be submitting seven FRGS-funded monographs as follows:
1. A Standard Model of Optimum Cost Allocation for Local Authorities
2. Enhancing Total Factor Productivity (TFP) in Manufacturing Practices Through the Application of Standards
3. Performance Measurement in Malaysian Higher Educational Institutions
4. CSR-Based Corporate Governance Reporting : Towards Self Governance Regime
5. Forecasting in Malaysia : Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice
6. Management Accounting Practices of Malaysian Manufacturing Companies
7. Relationship between Intellectual Capital and Firm’s Effectiveness

Congratulations all ARI researchers

Monday, November 9, 2009

More Indexed Conferences

There are many Scopus & ISI-Indexed Conferences that ARI members could attend in 2010. But remember, most call for paper deadlines fall towards the end of 2009. Listed below are some of the relevant conferences for ARI members.
1. 2nd IEEE International Conference on Information management and engineering (ieee icime 2010)Co-sponsored by IEEE Beijing Section, International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT), Sichuan Computer Federation
April 16-18, 2010, Chengdu, China.
2. 16th ISSAT Conference themed Reliability and Quality in Design 5-7 August 2010, Washingtom DC USA. Submit a full manuscript of no more than 15 double-spaced pages including the authors' names, affiliations and complete mailing and email addresses. All papers should be submitted electronically in PDF of MS Word, by February 15, 2010, to Conference Secretary at See for details
3. 2010 The International Conference on Industrial and Intelligent Information (ICIII 2010), 23 April 2010 Bangkok Thailand, Organized by: Cagayan State University, IACSIT, Denver University and etc. Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 15 December 2009. ICIII 2010 conference proceedings will be included in the IEEE Xplore and CSDL, and indexed by INSPEC, Thomson ISI, Ei Compendex.

Friday, November 6, 2009

ARI Members on Pilgrimage

On behalf of ARI, we wish all the best to two of our research associates: Mr Saiful Azlin Putih and Associate Professor Dr Noor Ashikin Ismail who are on pilgrimage to Mecca this year. May Allah gives His blessings to both of you

Heartfelt Views from the MOHE Minister about UiTM

I am personally touched by the kind words uttered by the Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin in his blog about his recent visit to UiTM. ARI members please visit this specific address for details Personally, it has given me so much hope and motivation to work harder for our beloved ARI and the university

Thursday, November 5, 2009

CSSR 2010 Going International

Congratulations RMI for having the vision to upgrade the annual Conference of Science & Scocial Science Research (CSSR). According to Prof Dr Abu Bakar Majid in his email today, CSSR 2010 will be upgraded to an international stature. Excerpt of the email reads "... RMI is organizing CSSR 2010 6-9 Dec 2010 at Kuala Lumpur. CSSR 2010is going to go international, to be indexed to IEEE, and will also be run in a multi-conference manner, together with 2 other conferences, International Conference on Computer Applications and Industrial Electronics (ICCAIE 2010) and International Congress on Engineering Education (ICEE 2010)...".

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Evaluation of Research Proposals

The Research Management Institute (RMI) organised a one-day research proposal evaluation meeting yesterday for the "Dana Kecemerlangan" fund. Basically, there are four categories of research proposals for this funding: (1) Post graduate research application (2) New lecturers (for confirmation of service) (3) University's tracer studies (institutional research) and (4) Those whose research proposals were rejected by other external funders (FRGS, EScience etc).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Minister Visit

Yang Berhormat Dato' Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Minister of Higher Education came for a working visit to UiTM today. Whilst here, he met up with UiTM top management team and the deans to discuss current issues and to keep abreast of the latest developments at UiTM. The official main programme entails the Minister meeting with senior management staff, after which he will witness the MOU signing ceremonies between the University and industry partners.

Monday, November 2, 2009

ARI Welcomes Ms Hamidah

As a director of ARI, I wish to welcome my new Personal Assistant (PA), Mrs Hamidah Awal to the institute. With her vast experience, we hope ARI will be able to operate more efficiently...

Sunday, November 1, 2009

VIVA-VOCE for Master Students' Dissertation

Good luck to all final semester master students who will be attending their viva this week. I hope there will be a lot of publications as a spin-off of the dissertations.