Thursday, August 20, 2015

Social Enterprise Activity

  1. Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people's life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community. One of the six research clusters undertaken by the Accounting Research Institute (ARI) under its HICoE initiative involves Islamic-based Social Enterprise Among the Youth.  The cluster is headed by ARI research fellow, Associate Professor Dr Roshayani Arshad.  Recently Dr Roshayani was involved with the training of "disability" youth for her "Berbudi Kitchen" project.  The aim of the project is to enhance the groups' economic status by selling their products - cookies, cakes etc.  Researchers train the youth about basic business skills, financial management and marketing.  Selected agencies such as "Agensi Inovasi Malaysia" and other Non-Government Organizations or NGO come forward to facilitate with business financing.  Data on progress of the project is collected and documented by ARI researchers.  Well done Dr Yani and her team

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

First Delivery of YDSM Tailoring Transformation Project

A collaborative project between participants of Yayasan DiRaja Sultan Mizan (YDSM) Terengganu, Accounting Research Institute (ARI) and Mydin Holding Berhad was commenced in June 2015.  The Tailoring Project is one of our economic transformation program for the state of Terengganu. For a start, two locations were selected - Kuala Terengganu and Paka.  Our business model involves women entrepreneurs who have registered with YDSM.  The tailoring business focuses on sewing "Baju Kurung", a traditional dress for Malaysia.  YDSM sets up a workshop space, equipped with sewing machines, cutting machines and other essentials.  Mydin supplies raw materials in the form of fabrics.  ARI co-ordinates the process, sets target, monitors progress and provides trainings for entrepreneurs.  For this initial project, we have targeted 1000 pieces of baju kurung to be completed within two months.  Once  the target is met, the completed baju kurung will be sold to Mydin Holding.  Alhamdulillah, the first delivery of the completed baju kurung has been successfully made. As a research institute, ARI takes pride of this success.  We collect and collate all data related to business income generated by these entrepreneurs, time taken by them to complete each baju kurung, division of work (e.g. cutting, hemming, zipping) and financial management (personal money VS business money).  With the completion of this first batch of 1000 pairs of baju kurung, we know that the entrepreneurs themselves are undergoing a positive economic transformation.  Prior to this project, the entrepreneurs' clients were limited to local customers.  Now they can focus on making quality baju kurung ....Well done ladies, congratulations.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

International Accounting & Business Conference

The 4th International Accounting and Business Conference (IABC) which was organized by Universiti Teknologi MARA Johor was recently held on 17-18 August 2015 at the Everly Hotel in Putrajaya. Themed "Global Issues in Business & Accounting: Current Trends & Future Challenges", IABC proposes ten possible areas of discussion namely Accounting & Finance, Economics, Innovation and Entrepreneurship,  Management & Governance, Information Systems Management, Knowledge Management, Human Resources, Marketing, International Business and Psychological & Education.  As a co-organizer, the Accounting Research Institute (ARI) handles the publication of proceeding book - PROCEDIA.  A total of thirty papers has been presented by ARI fellows and postgraduate students at the conference .  Congratulations and well done. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Students Hari Raya Do

Congratulations cohort 2015 Master of Forensic Accounting and Financial Criminology
students of the Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA for organising a successful Hari Raya do for their friends and lecturers.  Held at the 12th Floor, Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Tower, the event was attended by students, lecturers and staff of the Faculty of Accountancy and the Accounting Research Institute (ARI).  Congratulations all....

Friday, August 7, 2015

ARI Hari Raya Do 2015

The Accounting Research Institute (ARI) and its members wish happy Eid Mubarak 2015 to all. Muslims in countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore often use the expressions "Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri", "Selamat Idul Fitri" or "Salam Idul Fitri".
A renewed energy and a fresh commitment for a new semester, after a great 30-day of fasting.  Today, ARI members organized a "pot-luck" open-day Eid Mubarak celebration on the 12th Floor of Menara Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah and had invited friends, post graduate students and research assistants to the event.