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Messages from APMAA Executives

January 1, 2018

Greeting from Susumu Ueno, Chair of the Board of Directors

Susumu Ueno,  Chair of the Board of Directors (2014- ), President (2010-2013)

 

Dear APMAA Community,

 

A Happy New Year! It is a great honor for me to serve as the Chair of the APMAA Board of Directors since 2014. I understand this honor entails tremendous responsibilities on my shoulders and I have to commit myself with on-going efforts to further develop our Association.

 

APMAA was formally established in 2004. The association has grown steadily but slowly. On January 1, 2010, I succeeded Prof. Akira Nishimura, the first president since the foundation of the association, and served as the APMAA president until the end of 2013. In the President’s Opening Remark at APMAA 2010 held in Taipei on November 5, 2010, I disclosed my policy below:

 

“APMAA is a very young academic organization, and it is still at its infant stage.  In order to further develop the organization and to ensure its growth, APMAA must attract more people to join us as members. In other words, we must enhance people’s awareness to our organization by fully utilizing our communication vehicles, i.e., annual forums (renamed “conferences” after 2011), APMA Journal (APMAJ), Newsletters, and the website, http://www.apmaa.asia/.”

 

APMAA increased its visibility year by year. On January 1, 2014, APMAA created new position, Chair of the Board of Directors, to achieve its growth further. I became the Board Chair, and Professor Jimmy Tsay the 2014 president. My position with the association has changed over time, however, I continued the 2010 policy described above. Much progress has been made in APMAA in the past decade.

 

The 2017 (13th) conference (APMAA 2017) led by President Yiming Hu at Shanghai Jiao Tong University attracted over 60 international participants from over the world. Total participants were over 120. The conference organizing team at the university strived for leading the conference at academically high quality by inviting talented overseas and domestic professors. The 2018 (14th) conference (APMAA 2018) will be held at Waseda Campus of  Waseda University, Tokyo, from October 29 to November 1.

In this special issue of APMAA NEWWS, I report that we could make a certain progress about determining future conference venues also. Bellows are future conference venues that we have already deliberated, and they are officially approved until today.

   2018 Tokyo (Waseda University, Japan)
   2019
Doha (Qatar University, Qatar)
   2020 Kuala Lumpur (
Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia)
   2021 Jakarta (Trisakti University, Indonesia)

Furthermore, during the submission processes of 2018 commitment statements, I heard that schools in China, Thailand and Taiwan are considering hosting of an APMAA conference. It is thanks to everyone that APMAA could come this far. 

Thank you all for your continued support during my five-year tenure as Board Chair (2014-2018) and the four-year tenure as President (2010-2013). I am pretty sure that you are my true allies. I have loved every minute (almost!) of every hour of my work at APMAA.This is due as much to all of you, as to my colleagues at the executive committee whose commitment has inspired me throughout my nine-year tenure of office.

 

Once again, I thank for the honor of allowing me to continue the APMAA Chair this year again. I promise that I will strive further with you to make APMMA community attractive to all of us. My best wishes and see you in Tokyo!

 

January 1, 2018

Susumu Ueno, APMAA Board Chair
Professor Emeritus, Konan University, Japan

 

January 1, 2014

 

Yang Tzong Tsay, 2014 APMAA President

 

Dear APMAA members,  

Happy New Year! It is with great honor that I serve as the President of APMAA as of the beginning of 2014. I understand this honor entails tremendous responsibility on my shoulders and I have to commit myself with on-going efforts to further develop our Association in our second decade. With your kind collaboration and enthusiastic help, I am confident in overcoming the challenges ahead and making accomplishments in the following years. 

In the past years I have been very lucky to work with our two great former Presidents, Professor Akira Nishimura and Professor Susumu Ueno, as well as many other executive directors and members. Throughout the years I have witnessed how our leaders have endeavored to grow our Association and to contribute to the management accounting profession. I personally have benefited and learned from their hard work and achievements. 

As we all know, the management accounting profession has experienced dramatic change in recent years and has also played a more significant role in the modern business environment. New and innovative management accounting philosophy and ideas have been presented. In addition, advanced approaches and technologies have been successfully implemented. Nevertheless management accounting research has not received the same level of attention and resources as financial accounting. It is hard to believe, but true in the Asia Pacific region and across the world. Our Association is composed of mainly management accounting researchers and professionals. It is the time, and the responsibility of each of us, to make a change. 

In order to integrate our limited resources in management accounting and to enhance closer collaboration among academic institutions, during my tenure I plan to visit two/three institutions each year to better understand how APMAA can contribute in this matter. A regional management accounting research collaboration proposed by the Universiti Teknologi MARA of Malaysia about two years ago may be resumed and expanded. 

Furthermore, I believe a closer relationship/partnership between management accounting academia and professionals is essential to the development of our discipline. Management accounting research can hardly be successful if only done in the “ivory tower.” In order to be recognized and appreciated by our counterparts in industry, we need to present value-added research. Along with this line of thinking, I hope to increase our membership from industry. 

There are several well-known management accounting associations or societies around the world. Unfortunately sharing of knowledge and collaboration among these associations is very limited. For example, some of the well-established organizations include the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) in the U.S.A and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in the U.K. I wish that in the next years we can engage in some kind of strategic alliance with these organizations. 

At this point APMAA is a small but cozy and energetic professional association. Obviously many things need to be done and should be done in the following years. We are very fortunate that we have an excellent tradition and rich culture in the organization. I assure you that I will devote a great deal of my time and efforts to APMAA. Let’s work together to make this Association a great one. I definitely need your kind support and help. Your comment and advice are always welcome. 

Sincerely yours,

January 1, 2014

Yang Tzong Tsay
Professor Emeritus, National Taiwan University, Taiwan