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Messages from APMAA Executives
Susumu Ueno,  Chair of Board of Directors (2014- ), President (2010-2013)

January 1, 2014

Dear APMAA Community,

I am writing to inform you that I retired  APMAA President on December 31, 2013.  I really thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve as APMAA President for the last four years. The new President is Dr. Yang Tzong Tsay, professor emeritus of National Taiwan University.

As you know APMAA was formally established 2004. It had grown steadily but slowly because of its limited visibility. On January 1, 2010, I was honored to succeed Prof. and Dr. Akira Nishimura, the first president since the foundation of the association. To enhance the associationfs visibility, APMAA started to issue gAPMAA News (Newsletter)h and circulated them to potential annual forum (conference) participants. In the APMAA Presidentfs Opening Remark at 6th forum in Taipei on November 5, 2010,  I appealed to the audiences:

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

Today, APMAA increased its visibility significantly and the 2013 annual conference in Nagoya Japan could attract more than 50 international participants from over the world.  Without your kind cooperation, APMAA has not been able to grow so much faster. Thank you for the support you have provided APMAA during my four-year tenure as President. You were an ally for sure.

We must strive further for increasing the visibility of our association. Dr. Yang Tzong Tsay, the new president, is very competent. He will take the APMAA forward with your active support and participation. 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the APMAA. The 10th Anniversary Conference will be hosted and sponsored by Chulalongkorn Business School, Chulalongkorn University on October 27-30, 2014. I am convinced that APMAA will celebrate its 10th anniversary grandly in Bangkok.

I have loved every minute (almost!) of every hour of my work here 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 four-year tenure of office. Although my position with the association was changed, as Representative Director and Immediate Past President, I continue to commit myself to APMAA during this transition period.

Once again, I thank for the honor of allowing me to serve as APMAA President for the last four years. My best wishes and see you in Bangkok!
Best regards,

Susumu Ueno
Representative Director and Immediate Past President
Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Association
Professor, Konan University, Japan


Yang Tzong Tsay, 2014 President

January 1, 2014

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 givory tower.h 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. Letfs 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,

Yang Tzong Tsay
Professor Emeritus, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Normah Omar, APMAA 2015 President (January 1, 2015)




2015 Action Plan: Towards Greater Global Presence of APMAA


            Prof Normah Omar (APMAA 2015 President)

I have seen significant progress of APMAA since its establishment in 2004.  Back then, the steering committee comprised researchers from six countries namely Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Korea and Hong Kong.  Today, APMAA membership has expanded to include other countries such as Australia, USA, New Zealand, Indonesia, Canada, Poland, Sweden, Mongolia, Qatar, UAE.  Along the way, we have created many gloyalistsh who will make effort to attend APMAA annual conferences.  To ensure sustainability as well greater presence globally, we all should work towards bringing one new participant to APMAA 2015 conference in Bali.  Equally important, every APMAA board members must identify and invite at least 1 new country participant.  Within the Asia-Pacific region itself, we should identify country participants from India, Pakistan, Srilanka, Bangladesh, Brunei, Philippines, Fiji, Mauritius, Bhutan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Nepal.  In addition to participating in APMAA conferences, members should use this platform to engage in collaborative research projects and joint publications.  We can use our APMAA opening ceremony to launch new publications or signing of MOUs.  APMAA organizing committee should identify keynote speakers from among prominent global researchers and practitioners who can act as gcrowd pullersh.  Last but not least, APMAA presence in the new media must be enhanced.  A dedicated website that can become a reference center for management accounting should be developed.  Surely, we need a professional, full time administrator who can update the website, but the website contents must come from all of us.