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
“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,
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.
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
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)
(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.
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
APMAA Board Chair
Professor Emeritus, Konan University, Japan
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
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
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.
January 1, 2014
Yang Tzong Tsay
Professor Emeritus, National Taiwan University, Taiwan