22 September 2010
Research Colloquium encourages student feedback
Professor Fang Lee Cooke presents the Best Abstract Award to Noorziah Mohd Salleh for her research into non-traditional expatriate assignments.
The inaugural Higher Degree in Research Colloquium of the College of Business was held recently.
Organised by the School of Management and the School of Business IT and Logistics, the day-long event encouraged research students to present their research, which was reviewed by peers and other supervisors.
“Research colloquiums are a significant part of the research process and it was encouraging to see so many HDR scholars in Business participating on the day,” said Professor Brian Corbitt, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, who provided the opening speech on the day.
“There is no doubt that significant and innovative research is happening and that there are significant contributions to knowledge happening in the College. This is the start to a much broader process.”
A total of 47 abstracts were submitted for the Colloquium across four Schools. Each was reviewed independently by a member of academic staff. Nine were nominated by reviewers for the Best Abstracts Award.
Noorziah Mohd Salleh from the School of Management won the Best Abstract Award and Mohamad Taha Ijab from the School of Business IT and Logistics won the Second Best Abstract Award.
Ms Mohd Salleh’s research aims to investigate an under-researched area of non-traditional expatriate assignments. Non-traditional assignment is an assignment with a specified duration, usually less than one year, whereas a traditional expatriate assignment is an assignment where the employee and family move to the host country for usually more than one year.
Ms Mohd Salleh was thrilled to receive the acknowledgement after working hard for the 2.5 years.
“It is something that my family and I are proud of and hopefully it will assure my sponsors, University Technology MARA and the Ministry of Higher Education in Malaysia, that they have made a worthwhile investment in me.”
Mr Taha Ijab’s research is into the use of Green Information Systems and their benefits for eco-sustainability. This emerging research area is important to both theory and practice and in providing practical guidance on how organisations can develop, deploy and use information systems to support and enable their eco-sustainability strategies.
Motivated to continue with his research, Mr Taha Ijab encouraged HDR students and staff to participate in future colloquiums.
“It is a great way to engage with fellow scholars to discuss their ideas, findings and observations. The suggestions and feedback given by the academics from across the College are also beneficial in looking at things from another angle that you may not have considered.”
Professor Samir Chatterjee from Curtin University and Professor Geoff Soutar from the University of Western Australia provided entertaining and insightful keynote speeches. Professor Jonathan Morris from the University of Cardiff, UK, skilfully chaired the International Management sessions.