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1. Research Division

Director

・Oleg Vikhanskiy
Dean, Lomonosov Moscow State University Business School, Moscow State University, Russia

Deputy Director

・Ken Kaminishi
Dean, Graduate School of Innovation and Technology Management, Yamaguchi University, Japan

RP-6-CSR Case Writing Committee

Chair

・Siriwut Buranapin
Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

RP-7: Developing ABEST21 Asia Quality Assurance System Model

Chair

・Ruslan Prijadi
Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia

2. Joint Research
ProjectsProject 7-“Developing ABEST21 Asia Quality Assurance System Model”

In 2012, a survey on quality assurance system of higher education in ASEAN countries in particular, aiming to develop our accreditation activities in Asia was conducted as Joint Research Project-7. ABEST21 teams in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia respectively were organized to conduct a research on education quality assurance system. Educational quality assurance is a prerequisite for business schools to promote industry-academia collaboration and cooperation among universities, for globalization of management education and establishment of consortium. To meet the needs of the economic globalization age, we believe it is necessary to conduct a research on advanced education quality assurance/accreditation system in Asia and develop a model for the assessment system. The members are as follows:

  • Dr. Fumio Itoh, President, ABEST21
  • Dr. Siriwut Buranapin, Dean, Chaing Mai University, Thailand
  • Dr. Ali Khatibi, Dean, Management & Science University, Malaysia
  • Dr. Nury Effendi, Dean, Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
  • Dr. Sujinda Chemsripong, Dean, Naresuen University, Thailand

Project 6- “Business Management Case Writing”

In 2012, in order to structure “Proactive Knowledge Sharing Platform” for business school education and deepening of “Academic-Industry Collaboration” Joint Research Project-6 Case Writing was conducted with CSR, supported by Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. The Case Writing project has focused on CSR issues that Fuji Xerox and its subsidiaries have faced in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, where cultural, social and economic backgrounds vary. The Committee members are as follows.

Coordinator
・Siriwut Buranapin
Dean, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
・Azlan Amran
Professor, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
・Arief Daryanto
Director, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
・Yuji Maeda
Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Project 5- “Developing Asian MBA Curriculum”

In 2011, based on the result of Joint Research Project 4, a survey was conducted on the ways of developing MBA curriculum which fosters the competencies of management professionals at business schools. Joint Research Project-5 was conducted with participation of 14 universities from 10 Asian countries. The results of the research were published on February 28 under the title of "Enhancing the Quality of Business Management Education in a Globalized World" (ISBN 978-4-905204-01-5). The results of, with members of the Research Project-5 are as below.

Chair
・Ming Yu Cheng
Professor, University of Tunku Abdul Rahman University, Malaysia
・Siriwut Buranapin
Associate Professor, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
・Hong Joo Jung
Professor, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
・Amir Mahmood
Associate Professor, Newcastle University, Australia
・Ruslan Prijadi
Associate Professor, University of Indonesia, Indonesia
・Qinhai Ma
Professor, Northeastern University, China

Project 4- “Competencies of Management Professionals”

In 2010, the survey on management competencies was done with the participation of 13 business schools from 8 Asian countries. On July 2 and 3, 2010, final presentations on management competencies survey were given at the Conference held at S.P. Jain School of Global Management in Singapore. Survey was conducted on competencies of management professionals nurtured at business schools in Asia. The result was published under the title ”Competencies of Management Professionals” (ISBN 978-4-905204-00-8).

Project 3-“Corporate Needs for MBA Education”

ABEST 21 conducted a research on “corporate expectation on business school education” as a joint international project supported by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). This was done as a part of strategy for “collection of data for diversity, collaboration and development of international model of evaluation systems.” This was conducted to acquire necessary data to improve the quality of business school education thorough questionnaire to 7 schools on “what is expected of business school education from company’s prospective” in each countries. The seven schools are Tsukuba University (Japan), Seoul National University (Korea), Moscow State University (Russia), Fudan University (China), Management & Science University (Malaysia), Tecnlogico de Monterrey (Mexico). The result of this research was published from Moscow University under the title of “Improving Quality of Management Education.”

Project 2-“Developing International Peer Review System Model in Asia”

In 2008, peer review cases of business schools in Asia were accumulated. Based on comparison of these cases peer review model suitable for various types of education system was developed.

Projects 1-“Establishment of International Peer Review System in Asia”

In 2007, in order to establish a peer review system to guarantee the quality of management education offered by business schools in Asia, on-site surveys were conducted in Asian countries on management education system and quality guarantee system.

3. Contract Research Projects

“Advanced University Reform Promotion Project” by MEXT

ABEST21 submitted a bid for the public tender for “Research Project for Overseas Development of Sectoral University Assessment”, a research theme under the “Advanced University Reform Promotion Project” by MEXT. The tender was opened on July 24 and the technical proposal submitted by ABEST21 was successfully accepted. In the proposal ABEST21 suggests to promote international development in accreditation for business schools which aim to nurture management professionals in Asia. Specific steps are as follows;

  • Conduct research study and demonstration analysis of educational quality guarantee /assessment system at business schools in ASEAN countries, especially Indonesia and Malaysia,
  • Compare the guarantee/assessment system of Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia based on the results of demonstration analysis, and
  • Develop a model of quality guarantee/assessment system for business school accreditation which corresponds to the cultural diversity among ASEAN countries.

4. Research Reports

“Enhancing the Quality of Business Management Education in a Globalized World"(ISBN 978-4-905204-01-5)

Based on the result of Joint Research Project 4, Joint Research Project 5 was conducted on the ways of developing MBA curriculum which fosters the competencies of management professionals at business schools with participation of 14 universities from 10 Asian countries. The results of the research were published on February 28 under the title of "Enhancing the Quality of Business Management Education in a Globalized World" (ISBN 978-4-905204-01-5, not for sale). The reseach focuses on "corproate needs for business education", "competencies required for management professionals" based on the needs, and extends to "curriculum development for Asian MBA".

”Competencies of Management Professionals” (ISBN978-4-905204-00-8)

The results of the survey on “Competencies of Management Professionals” was published by ABEST21 in October 2010. The survey on management competencies was done with the participation of 13 business schools representing 8 Asian countries. The respondents - MBA students, MBA holders and company personnel managers - were asked what competencies are required for management professionals, and the gap analysis on their expectations and the actual state of competency levels was conducted. All statistical analyses were entrusted to The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Research Organization of Information and System, an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation of Japan. The publication covers overall analysis of the survey results as well as country-specific analyses. (ISBN978-4-905204-00-8)

“Improving Quality of Management Education” (ISBN 978-5-903148-31-3)

ABEST 21 has been asked by Japanese Department of Education and Science ( MEXT) to run a research on ‘corporate expectation on business school education’ as a joint international project. This was done as a part of strategy for ‘collection of data for diversity, collaboration and development of international model of evaluation systems’ (130 million yen budget project) This was conducted to acquire necessary data to improve the quality of business school education thorough questionnaire to seven schools on ‘what is expected of business school education from company’s prospective’ in each countries. The seven schools are Tsukuba University, Japan, Seoul National University, Korea, Moscow State University, Russia, Fudan University, China, Management & Science University, Malaysia, Tecnlogico de Monterrey, Mexico. The result of this research was published from Moscow University under the title of “Improving Quality of Management Education” (ISBN 978-5-903148-31-3). We also hosted a study group on topic of international comparison of corporate demands on management education. (2009 academic year)

“Aiming to Nurture Management Professionals- Second Phase Report”

On October 26, 2012, we published “Aiming to Nurture Management Professionals - Second Phase Report”. In explaining the present situation and future development of business schools in Japan, we emphasized the need to examine the system for professional graduate school for business administration, as well as the need to discuss issues including degrees, professionally qualified faculty members, placement of DBA programs, faculty personnel expenses, etc. We pointed out that Establishment Standard for Professional Graduate School may need to be revised from an international perspective, to develop the professional graduate school system aiming to nurture world-class management professionals, which is especially urgent in Asia.

“Aiming to Nurture Management Professionals- First Phase Report”

On September 27, the meeting of "Council for Human Resources Development" was held at the National Center of Sciences. The initial phase of the activity report titled "The First Initial Proposal on fostering Management Professionals" was referred and it was decided that the report will be simply bound and distributed to all the parties concerned. The views and opinions were exchanged on various issues on MBA education at business schools and trainings at companies relative to the development of education programs for management professionals. This will be the topic for the second phase activity. The Chairman of the Council requested to set up a website for "Council for Human Resources Development" as part of the ABEST21. There was also a suggested request that should be a linkage between the main Website and those of the members' in the future.

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