Friday, October 30, 2009

More About Results-Based Leadership (RBL)....

The book on RBL written by Prof Dave Ulrich focuses on the role of leadership in organisations. Few would argue that leadership matters. Companies that can attract, develop, and retain the best leaders are likely to flourish. The issue grows hazy when we attempt to define leadership, and hazier still when managers try to match today’s dizzying array of leadership practices with the specific needs of their organization. Results-Based Leadership brings refreshing clarity and directness to the leadership discussion, providing a hands-on program that will help executives succeed with their leadership challenges. Here, for the first time, is a guidebook that bridges the gap between leadership theory and leadership skills. Results-Based Leadership fundamentally improves our ability to deliver real leadership results.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Results-Based Leadership

A few of us from UiTM were selected to participate in a leadership course organised by AKEPT, Ministry of Higher Education. Titled Results-Based Leadership, the two-day course was held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, KLIA. The facilitator, Prof Dave Ulrich from University of Michigan, East Lansing, USA is a renowned life coach. Prof Ulrich conducts leadership courses internationally. Whilst here in Malaysia, he was also giving trainings to CEOs and top management of government linked companies. An author of more than twenty leadership books, Prof Ulrich is a much sought-after speaker worldwide.

Journal Consolidation Meeting

To streamline the management of journal publications for the university, a consolidation meeting held this morning discussed who is to do what. Basically the four teams called for the meeting include the journal managing editors who are to ensure that all the journals will be ready for publication as promised; RMI publication coordinator who is to monitor progress as well as promoting the journals; UPENA the publisher who will take care of the typesetting and design of the journals and the web media unit who will ensure the journals are regularly updated to be showcased in the university's website. The Assistant vice chanselor (RMI) Prof Dr Abu Bakar Majeed chaired the meeting.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Updating the University's CAPs

In ensuring that the university's strategic planning is in congruence with the national agenda, universities in this country have been asked to identify their Critical Agenda Projects (CAPs). For UiTM, the university has recognized fifteen different critical agenda projects to focus on. They are namely: Academia, governance, marketability of graduates, graduates holistic development, Industry-Academia linkages, internationalisation, leadership, life-long learning, MyBrain 15, Quality assurance, Research & innovation, teaching & learning, Centres of Excellence, e-learning and top business school.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Forensic Accounting - Moot Court

The Forensic Accounting & Financial Criminology students had their moot court presentations today. All together, four groups presented their cases which comprised of real Malaysian fraud cases. The course Investigative Techniques and Procedures exposes the students to new and effective investigative techniques that could be used in forensic accounting investigation. In addition to accounting experts, two lawyers were also invited to evaluate the presentations.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

UiTM Alumni Strategic Planning Workshop

The Alumni Society organized its strategic planning workshop yesterday at the Ar-Raha Foundation in Section 7, Shah Alam. The workshop was attended by representatives of all seven committees. A three year strategic programs was discussed and planned. All in all it was a great session. The main committee is very clear of its direction.
Thank you to all the leaders who participated. ARI in particular will be involved with all the research projects needed by the society. The society is also planning to publish all research findings with renowned publishers.

CPA Night of Recognition

The Malaysia-Australia Business Council (MABC)celebrated its 23rd Annual Dinner & Dance at the Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur last night. CPA Australia (Malaysian Division) was named the most successful Australia-Malaysia venture in this country. As one of the CPA Australia Council members, Prof Dr Normah was invited to witness the prize giving event for the award. YB Senator Dato' Seri Idris Jala, Minister at the Prime Minister Department was there to deliver his keynote address for the occasion. Congratulations CPA Australia.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Using the ISI Thomson Effectively

The university through three strategic business units: PTAR, PPS and RMI organized a one-day workshop and training on how to use the newly purchased ISI Thomson Web of Science effectively. Two ISI trainers: Mr Raj Dave and Dr Lim facilitated the session. Fifty participants, mainly those from the university's RU Committee and Centres of Excellence attended the training. In a nutshell, the Web of Knowledge database can and should be used by researchers and authors as a tool to choose the right journal to publish in.
Through the right strategic choice, one can maximise the likelihood that one's article will be published in the best indexed journal. At the same time, the strategy enhances the probability that one's article will be cited by other authours.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Innovation Exhibition

The innovation exhibition at ARI/faculty level was organized today at level 12, Menara SAAS. Thirty six innovation products were showcased both by students and staff. Some products are really good and have commercialisation potential. Top fifteen products are:

1. AQuR System Portal
2. Self-IC Rating
3. Pulpwire Pro
4. PAC-Kit
6. My Cash
7. CSI Plus

8. eFP: Company vs Industry
9. LAG Analyzer
10. Green Reputation Index
11. IPSAS Compliance
12. Insurance Monopoly
13. Money laundering Framework
14. Risky Tower
15. Internal Control Assessment Scoresheet
Congratulations everyone.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


IMAC is a bi-annually event, organised by the School of Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The first IMAC 1 international conference was launched in 1995. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform that brings together researchers and practitioners in the accounting field to share their experiences and ideas. This year, the conference is themed "Emerging Theories and Practices in Accounting".
The renowned Professor Robert Chenhall from Monash University gave the keynote paper entitled A Critical Evaluation of Modelling Within the Balanced Scorecard. ARI participated in the conference by sending several staff and PhD students. At the same time, ARI director was also invited to take part in the conference plenary session this morning.

More UiTM's COEs for MOHE Audit...

Two more UiTM's centres of excellence: the Malaysian Institute of Transport (MITRANS) and the Institute of Business Excellence (IBE)have been invited by the Ministry of Higher Education to submit their COE forms for possible recognition as the ministry's COE. Both institutes have opted to be assessed as "service-track" centres of excellence.
Today, both COEs visited ARI and we had a sharing-session moment - learning from each other. All the best to MITRANS and IBE.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Alumni Intellectual Discourse

We at ARI were involved with the event. An Intellectual Discourse with YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The event which was organised & hosted by the UiTM Alumni Society was held at the Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana in Putrajaya. More tha 150 alumni attended.
In conjunction with the event, the Society's website was launched. Some seventy eight books written by UiTM alumni was also launched. The intellectual discourse further outlined several workable strategies that could be formulated and adopted by all UiTM alumni...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Handwriting Analysis....

Fancy that our hand writing can tell a lot about us? Our personality in particular?. Yes, today ARI invited a certified handwriting expert, Ms Khadijah Ibrahim to give a talk to our Master in Forensic Accounting & Financial Criminology Students. As a freelance consultant, Ms Khadijah is usually involved with analysing handwriting of potential employees, school children undergoing counselling sessions and criminals/suspects who are attending court proceedings.
The students had a great time analysing their own handwriting and their friends' hand writing. Thanks Puan Khadijah for sharing with us...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Road to Intellectual Discourse....

Today ARI took part in a rehearsal event organised by the UiTM Alumni Society at the PERDANA Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya. The actual event: An Intellectual Discourse with the YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed will take place on Monday, 19th October 2009. There will also be a launching of the society's website and books publications by UiTM alumni on the same day. Some 250 alumni are expected to attend the event...

Publishing Workshop

As part of the RU Committee initiative, a one-day workshop on Publishing in Indexed Journals was organised by IlQAM today. A total of 138 aspiring participants came for the workshop. In fact the workshop is counted as part of their CPD point. The hall was full with enthusiastic participants and it was indeed a heartwarming feeling. Congratulations to all those who have registered and came for the workshop.
The workshop was divided into three sections: Section One was facilitated by Prof Dr Szarina who spoke in details on Strategies on Increasing Citation rates and Impact Factors. As a second facilitator, Prof Dr Normah spoke on the Why and How to Publish in Indexed Journals. The final speaker, Ms Khasiah deliberated on services and resources provided by the university library PTAR.
In a nutshell, the workshop should have been able to provide awareness and knowledge on what constitutes indexed journals, why we need to publish in them, how can we publish our articles in there and what support facilities are available at the university. What is next? In the words by Nike: JUST DO IT

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Professorial Council Meeting

The university professors met today to discuss strategies and projects that could be undertaken by them to facilitate UiTM in achieving the 1-University-2-Governance initiatives. All in all, it was a good meeting. The newly appointed chairman, Professor Dr Abdullah Mohd Said chaired the meeting today.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CPA-Money Tree Talk

ARI and the Faculty of Accountancy hosted a talk by both the CPA (Australia) and Money Tree Sdn Bhd. The event was attented by fifty Bachelor of Accountancy students.
Whilst the CPA representative Mr Gerald Fernandez was promoting the "New Pathway" for students to obtain their professional qualification, the Money Tree representative Mr Michael Reyes was exposing the students to new knowledge and experience in "real investment". The talks were very well received by the students and ARI is hoping to organize a money tree business challenge soon. Hopefully it will be a collaborative effort with CPA Australia

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

PhD Students Hari Raya Do

Thanks to our PhD students for organising a hari raya do at level 12 today. Prior to the event, the students had a meeting with the PhD Co-ordinator Assoc Prof Dr Zuraidah. Dr Zuraidah has recently been appointed as a deputy dean. So the hari raya do/farewell/thank you was indeed a 3-in-1 to celebrate eid, to bid farewell and thank you to Dr Zuraidah for doing a great job.

UiTM Alumni Meeting

A meeting to coordinate the various sub-committees' activities and preparation for the forthcoming Intelectual discourse was held tonite at the president's house in section 7 Shah Alam. The meeting finalised the program for the forthcoming event. Some 200 UiTM alumni, including captains of industries have indicated their interest to support the event.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Talk on Anti Money Laundering

ARI invited Inspector Firdaus from the AMLA Unit, Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to give a talk on the Anti Money Laundering Act as well as giving exposure on money laundering activities in Malaysia to our Master in Forensic Accounting and Financial Criminology. AMLA is supposedly a very powerful act and everyone should be familiar and use the act to mitigate any gains obtianed by individuals or companies from illegal activities.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Open House Invitations..

ARI has been invited to attend quite a number of open houses organised by other departments or ARI's own collaborators throughout the weekends. Thanks for all the invitations

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Four PECIPTA Silvers.....

ARI and the faculty of Accountancy showcased four products at the PECIPTA 2009 Exhibition. All four products: Pulpwire, eMins Power Ratio, My Tax Pocket and SIM Pack won silver medals, congratulations to all.
UiTM won twelve silvers and 10 bronze. Basically participants get to choose whether their products are to be judged by "Academic standing" or "commercialisation. If it is the former, judging will look for publication in indexed journals. Likewise, if it is the later, judging will be based on the commercialisation value of the products.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Accountancy Hari Raya Gathering

ARI and the Faculty of Accountancy hosted a Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2009 gathering today. Lots of hari raya goodies including durians complimentary from our caterer, Encil Shahrul.
We received special guests: Puan Sri Zahirah and Prof Mustafa, deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Internationalisation).

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Launching of PECIPTA 2009

The International Exposition of Research and Innovation of Institutions of Higher Learning (PECIPTA) 2009 was officially launched this morning by the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The three-day event (8-10 October 2009) is being held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Also present at the official ceremony was the Minister of Higher Education, Dato' Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin. More than 450 products are exhibited during the event.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lecturers' Evaluation Online (LEO)...

The University's i-Learn Centre has recently developed an online lecturers Evaluation System (aka LEO). As such, 2-3 week before the end of a semester, lecturers should remind their students to do the online evaluation for the course. Lecturers are encouraged to utilise the online facilities either to conduct their classes or to post assignments on their homepage. All ARI members are encouraged to use the online system for this semester. Recently, two i-learn officers gave a briefing on LEO...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dividend research Meeting with MSWG

Prof Rashidah and Assoc Prof Dr Wee Shu Hui attended an interim meeting to discuss our research report on dividend policy. it is quite normal that before the research monograph is finally submitted we would have a final discussion to allow both parties to discuss and to agree (or disagree) on the contents of the report. The meeting was held at the MSWG office and Mr Lee chaied the meeting. A seminar to present the research findings has been planned towards the end of october 2009.

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Wacana Intelek" Meeting

As a director of ARI and a former alumnus to UiTM, I am involved with the organisation of an illectual discourse scheduled to be held on the 19th October 2009. Today we had a meeting among the organising committee at the Lake Club in Kuala Lumpur. The event which will be graced by our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed will he held at the Yayasan Perdana in Putrajaya. About 300 UiTM alumni members will be attending the event.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Digital LE15 Form

The Academic Affairs Division (HEA) has recently introduced the digital "raw score and LE15" examination forms to replace the old paper-based forms. ARI members are encouraged to start using the new forms for the forthcoming final examination.

Innovative Lots...

ARI invited some students: PhD, Masters, Bachelors and Professionals - who are keen to participate in IID 2010 competition. ARI and the Faculty of Accountancy is hoping to organise the event on 22/10/09. The university-level IID is scheduled to be held on 12-14 january 2010.
ARI is expecting about twenty products from the students alone. The dean, Prof Ibrahim Kamal has agreed in principle to allow the students to utilise the student trust fund for this project. It was a joy to see such an enthusiastic group of students during the meeting..

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Meeting with the Accounting Practitioners

ARI and the Bumiputra Accountants Society met today to discuss on training and educational programs that the two entities can collaborate. The society was represented by its president, Tuan Haji Mohd Noh and two other officers whilst ARI was represented by its director and the audit special interest group. Basically the meeting was informed of an interested agency who is willing to provide seed money to spearhead the project. The training program should be a viable activity for ARI...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Suaraya UiTM

It was a corporate event and every member of UiTM was invited to attend. A Suaraya, in conjuction with the Hari Raya Aidit Fitri 1430 gathering was held at Padang Kawat UiTM. The weather was kind to all of us - no rain, no heat, just perfect. A time of forgiveness and the forging of Silatulrahim... Selamat Hari Raya Everyone.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

In Honour of Staff's Long Service to UiTM

It was a meaningful event for staff who have been servicing the university for more than twenty years. Themed "Jasamu di kenang", more than five ARI and Accountancy staff are among the receipients of this year's event. Thanks to UiTM for the recognition...