Wednesday, April 29, 2009

ARI's Latest Research Statistics

ARI is glad to inform all members that during our last research proposal submission counts (last week), we managed to send the following: Four (4) FRGS, 12 Dana Kecemerlangan and 4 e-science proposals. Another eight proposals will be submitted to CPA (Australia) and two to the Minority Shareholders Watchdog Group (MSWG). Congratulations everyone.

ARI-CPA Research Collaborations

Today, we at ARI, had a meeting with Mr Terry from CPA Australia to discuss on possible research projects. Mr Terry Hia is the Manager Member Knowledge of CPA Australia. The newly established Public Sector Accounting Research Centre, which is under the leadership of AP Dr Nafsiah have submitted four research proposals. Further, the SME special interest group, led by AP Dr Zuraidah had also presented another four research proposals. All the projects are to be completed within six months.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

ARI Monthly Meeting

All ARI Members: Director, Deputy Director, Heads of Research Centres, Heads of SIGs, Research Fellows, Research Associates - Please be informed that the next monthly May) meeting will be on 8th May 2009 at 2.45 pm, meeting room level 12 SAAS. All members are invited.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Case Study Research in Forensic Accounting

ARI and the Faculty of Accountancy are inviting academic staff and post-graduate students who are keen to write case study research on some of Malaysia's very own companies. JoFRA's first issue under the Emerald Publishing Company (which will published in June 2010)will produce special issues in Forensic Accounting and Financial Criminology. Please refer to ARI website for Notes to Prospective Authors. A book of Readings in Forensic Accounting will also be published by the Asia-Pacific Forensic Accounting Research Centre (AFARe)in December 2009. Interested individuals please contact me or AP Dr Rozainun for detail requirements.

Listing of Conference Proceedings with ISI Thomson

In our effort to increase the number of citations for our paper (this is the main requirement for research university KPI), the normal focus had always been to publish our articles in Scopus or ISI-Thomson. These are the only two publishing entities that have the mechanism to compute citation indexes. As such, it is natural that we want to publish in journals that are indexed with ISI-Thomson & Scopus. Another avenue available for UiTM & specifically for ARI is for us to register our conferences with ISI or Scopus. During his recent visit to UiTM, Mr Raj from ISI gave me this link that we can use to register our conferences.
The URL for the Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) evaluation standards.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Plan for Visiting Researchers at ARI

ARI is in the process of requesting additional grant from UiTM's Bourse Office to accomodate the cost of appointing short-term (three to six months) Visiting Researchers or Visiting Professors at ARI. Therefore ARI is inviting lecturers and post graduate students to propose names of these potential professors. We hope that the appointment of these professors would be able to contribute towards increasing ARI's publications in either ISI Thomson or Scopus. Their contributions would be in the forms of being co-authors, co-researchers, as well as advisors in facilitating ARI in getting international research grants. It would also be great if these candidates can conduct journal writing workshops during their stay here. Kindly give the names to me or to Prof Rashidah asap.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Publication Strategies & Enhancement of Citations

As part of UiTM's aspiration to become a Research University, the RU Focus Group Committee in its recent meeting proposes the following publication strategies: First is for UiTM (or to be part of a consortium)to subscribe to ISI Web of Science (WoS) from Thomson Reuter. This would allow our researchers and authors to be exposed and linked to a wider publication network. WoS would compliment the existing Scopus databases at PTAR. Second is to slect 3-4 UiTM's niche journals (the university now has 57 journals)to be published by international publishers such as Emerald, Inderscience etc. In due process, these journals would be in the right track to be listed with either ISI or Scopus. Steps would then be taken to increase the number of publication of these journals to four issues per year. Third is to "merge" or to realign UiTM's 57 journals to only say ten strategic journals. Efforts then is to improve on the quality of editorial board members to reflect international participation and to increase on the frequency of publication per year. Full time managing editors must be appointed to ensure quality and timeliness of publication. Fourth is for RMI to review its past CSSR proceedings and to convert them into journal articles. Fifth is to organize writing workshops with renowned authors with the possibility of online journal submission to Scopus & ISI thomson. Sixth is for UiTM top management to consider rewarding articles published in ISI-Thomson or Scopus. Seventh is to realign the KPIs of COEs with the KPIs stipulated by MOHE.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Purchase of Industrial Databases

Glad to inform everyone that ARI is buying two important databases: Bursa Station from Bursa Malaysia and MSWG Tracker from MSWG. Since staff and students are increasingly using a lot of industrial databases for their research, ARI hopes to facilitate researchers by making the data available at ARI.

ARI is also in the process of applying for international research funding. Those interested to help us with the preparation of research proposal, (hence will be heading some of these projects) kindly contact ARI through its director, deputy director and other heads of its various research centres. Contact details is available on our website at

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Congratulations to the Financial Reporting Research Centre for organising the ARI Tax Kiosk. The team is headed by Associate Professor Dr Rohaya Mohd Noor, our very own tax expert. Due to overwhelming requests, we are extending the tax services until 29 April 2009. Those who are yet to submit their 2008 tax return and need assistance, please visit us at the COE room on level 12, SAAS tower. Soon the group hopes to publish flyers on simple taxation concepts.

ARI's Forthcoming Conferences

ARI will be kept busy within the next few months as we will be organising & co-organising both national and international conferences. These are efforts in enhancing the number of papers/articles for possible publications in our journals. We hope to increase the number of issues per year. Our target is to publish four issues per year for both MAR and JoFRA and two issues/year for APMAJ. Forthcoming seminar and conferences are:
i. Audit Quality Rating Seminar, 13th May 2009 at the SC
ii. ISI-Journal Writing Seminar/Workshop with Prof Binchan, 1-5/6/09
iii. Doctoral Colloqium, 15th June 2009 at ARI Seminar Room
iv. Int Conference on Forensic Acc & Financial Criminology, 16-17 June 09
v. National Seminar on Sustainability Reporting 2nd July 2009
vi. National MACFEA Seminar on 4-5 August 2009
vii. National Accounting Academic Conference, tentatively at the end of November 09

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Congratulations AP Dr. Zuraidah

Just to share with everyone that Associate Professor Dr Zuraidah Mohd Sanusi had won the Anugerah MAPIM 2008 under the category Makalah Jurnal Terbaik. Her paper titled "The Effects of Goal Orientation and Task Complexity on Audit Judgement Performance" which was published in the Malaysian Accounting Review, Volume 6, No 2 was chosen to win the award. MAPIM stands for the Majlis Penerbitan Ilmiah Malaysia. The Council is a collboration with the Ministry of Higher Education. Dr Zuraidah is also currently a Research Fellow at the Accounting Reseach Institute. A ceremony to award winners will be held on 18th April 2009 at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Seri Pacific, Kuala Lumpur. Congratulations to her, we are so proud of her.

Prof. Dr. Normah

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sembang Petang - ICT Paving Commercialization

DATE :17th APRIL 2009 (FRIDAY)
TIME :3.00pm – 5.00pm

One of the key ways that research can have a productive impact is through it being translated into useable products, processes and services. This is an important aspect of research and innovation system.
Bringing research results and outputs to the market, or otherwise into productive usage, in a timely and effective manner yields tangible benefits from that research, ensuring that it contributes to the economy and to the broader community.
In this techno-savvy days, ICT is undeniably one of the powerful means to reach the market.

How You Will Benefit• Understand the requirements for commercializing your research
•Gain a perspective on how ICT can create market reach.

What You Will Cover
•The 3 elements of Commercialization
oMarket Acceptance,
oReadiness, and
oFinancial Feasibilities
•The pulling and pushing factors for commercialization
•The ICT components of Commercialization Platform
•The success (and also failure stories) of commercialization

Who Should Attend
Researchers who want to commercialize their research….and anyone who is looking into ICT solutions and partner for current and future projects.

About the “Ketua Sembang”
En Hamzah Ismail is the Acting Chief Executive Director of Airocom Technology Berhad (Airocom). He is also the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Airocom. After completing his Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronics) and his Master in Business Administration (MBA), he started working with RCA-GE-Harris Advance Technology as Test/Software Engineer. He had several posting in the United States of America, to support offshore software and product development activities. He rose in his ranks to become Senior Operations Manager, managing a large crew of engineer, technical staff and operators before leaving Harris Advance Technology in 1994. He has also worked with Sapura Card Technologies Sdn Bhd and MRCB Smart Sdn Bhd as its General Manager.

Prior to joining ATB, he was the General Manager of SIDIC Technology Sdn Bhd. During the course of his duty he has gained working exposure in Europe, Middle East and South Africa. He has lectured occasionally at INTAN and several universities on ICT application technologies.

He has burning passion in Research & Development, and he is a member of the Malaysian Board of Engineers and also a member of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA).

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Theme: Financial Crime And Fraud – Key To Mitigating White Collar Crimes
Date: 15-17 June 2009
Venue: UiTM Malaysia and Menara Kuala Lumpur

The inaugural international conference will present keynote address and guest lectures by professionals with experiences in investigations, legal aspects, forensic accounting, internal control, audit and commercial crime. A one-day doctoral colloquium will be held on 15 June 2009 at UiTM Malaysia in Shah Alam. The colloquium covers accounting and business-related disciplines. This doctoral colloquium provides a platform for participants to share their research and promote networking between senior research faculty and doctoral candidates. This colloquium is intended to benefit PhD candidates and students. The Colloquium allows students to interact informally with the faculty members, assessors and other students. This interactive setting will provide mentoring in their work, and give doctoral students a chance to present their research for discussion in small group situations.

The International Asia-Pacific Conference on Forensic Accounting and Financial Criminology 2009 will be held on 16-17 June 2009 at the Menara Kuala Lumpur. The main theme of the conference is “Financial fraud management – Key to Mitigating White Collar Crimes”. The conference attempts to offer a significant discourse for the interaction of ideas and exchange of information among academics and practitioners alike towards managing the risks of white collar
crime across various countries.

Main organizers: Universiti Teknologi MARA (Accounting Research Institute; Faculty of Accountancy; AFARe – Asia Pacific Forensic Accounting Research Centre)
Co-organisers: University of Teesside (Centre for Fraud and Financial Crime); Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) – Malaysia Chapter; and the Malaysian Accounting Research and Education Foundation (MAREF)

Academics and practitioners from local and various countries are expected to attend the conference.
Themes for conference papers:
• Forensic Accounting • Computer Forensic
• Financial Criminology • Audit and Investigation
• Fraudulent Financial Reporting • Organised Trans-National Crime
• Misappropriation of Assets • Public Sector and Corruption
• Occupational Fraud • Tax Fraud and Tax Issues
• Risks in Financial Crime • Fraud Investigations and Legal Aspects
• Corporate Risks and Corporate Governance • White-Collar Crime and Implications to Practice – HumanResource Issues
• Internal Control • Other Interdisciplinary Areas Relating to the Theme of the Conference Including Any Related Research Work