Taking “Research News” Private

This site was the official blog of Kian-Ping Lim when he served as the Deputy Dean (Research & Innovation) at the Labuan School of International Business and Finance (LSIBF), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). During his term, the blog reported research activities and publications by staffs and graduate students at his school. Apart from that,  research news and useful resources around the world such as conferences, workshops, dataset, writing tips, were disseminated to the LSIBF community via this blog. Occasionally, KP also covered issues related to the Malaysian higher eduction, which he categorized under ‘KP Opinion’ (i.e., the views expressed were his personal opinion).

When his 2-year term finished at the end of 2011, KP continues to maintain the blog as research is always his passion. However, the readers are no longer limited to the LSIBF community. To better reflect the scope of his postings, the blog is renamed from “Research News: From and For LSIBF” to “Research News: From KP”.

Upcoming Seminar at LSIBF @ Oct 4, 2010

Four academic staffs from LSIBF will be presenting their respective papers in the upcoming school seminar, as follows:

  • Presenters: Bryan Lo Ching Wing, Kian-Ping Lim, Ricky Chia Chee-Jiun, and Tai-Hu Ling
  • Chair: Mohd Fahmi Ghazali
  • Venue: Seminar Room (Podium)
  • Date: Oct 4, 2010
  • Time: 2pm

The details of their papers can be downloaded from here.


Given the emphasis on publications in ISI/WoS, it is good to check the performance of LSIBF. To do an institutional search in WoS (click here), we have to search for “Labuan Sch Int Business & Finance”  in “Address”. This will return 13 records (click here).

How about the School of Business and Economics (SBE) in the main campus? To do that, we have to search for “Sch Business & Econ” in “Address” AND “Univ Malaysia Sabah” in “Address”. This will return 5 records (click here). If we exclude proceeding papers, SBE will only have 3 records.

Despite the lack of research facilities and the small number of academic staffs (no full professor in LSIBF), LSIBF is publishing more ISI publications than their sister school in the main campus.

Well done and keep up the good work.

Grant Application Success

The application result for Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Round 2/2010, has been announced on August 19, 2010. Two applications from LSIBF were approved:

  1. Inclusion of Disabled People in Sabah Workforce: Investigating the Influence of Persons with Disabilities Act 2008, Personal Attributes and Organizational Context (Head of Project: Dr. Magdalene Ang)
  2. A New Measure of the Intensity of Capital Account Openness (Head of Project: Ling Tai Hu).

LSIBF would like to congratulate Dr. Magdalene, Ling Tai Hu and their respective team members for the success in this competitive national grant application.

Do note that Ling has just joined the school as a lecturer in April this year, after completing his master degree. His grant application success should motivate other staffs, especially young academics, to pursue research excellence.

Publication Alert

LSIBF would like to congratulate its staffs- Hanudin Amin, Mohd Fahmi Ghazali and Rostinah Supinah- for the publication of their jointly written paper.  The details are as follows:

Amin, H., Ghazali, M.F. and Supinah, R. (2010) Determinants of Qardhul Hassan financing acceptance among Malaysian bank customers: an empirical analysis. International Journal of Business and Society, 11(1), 1-16.

Event Alert: Postgraduate Proposal Presentation

There will be a postgratuate proposal presentation at LSIBF as follows:

  • Presenter:  Lim Shiok Ye
  • Title:  Long-run relationship of export, domestic demand and economic growth: some empirical evidence from ASEAN-5
  • Chair: Dr. Lim Kian Ping
  • Panel: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wong Hock Tsen
  • Venue: Seminar Room (Podium)
  • Date: July 28, 2010
  • Time: 10.30 am

Upcoming Seminar at LSIBF @ July 5, 2010

There will be a seminar at LSIBF as follows:

  • Presenter: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norazah Mohd Suki
  • Title:  Job Searches Via Social Networking Sites: Employed Job Seeker Intentions
  • Chair: Dr Magdalene Ang
  • Venue: Seminar Room (Podium)
  • Date: July 5, 2010
  • Time: 10.00 am

LBIBF is now indexed in EconLit

The Labuan Bulletin of International Business & Finance (LBIBF), a refereed journal published by the LSIBF, is now indexed in Econlit (click here). Econlit, the American Economic Association’s electronic database,provides indexing and abstracts of the worldwide literature on economics, now covering more than 800 major economics journals annually. It is the world’s foremost source of references to economic literature.

eScience Fund Application Success

LSIBF would like to congratulate Dr Rosita Chong and her team members for their success in the eScience Fund application, a very competitive national grant under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). Their project, “The Development of Intelligent Ethical Wealth Planner”, received a total funding of RM226,043 for the duration of one year from June 2010 to May 2011.

“PhD Tutorial” for LSIBF Staffs

On June 16, 2010, LSIBF organized a “PhD Tutorial” for its academic staffs who will further their PhD studies later this year. The tutorial was conducted in 4 different sessions, i.e. Finance, Islamic Finance, International Business and Financial Economics. In this just-concluded event, 9 academic staffs  presented their respective proposals. The invited discussants provided valuable comments that cover the aspects of feasibility, limitations, challenges, and potential directions/extensions, which will help the participants to further improve their proposals.

The school would like to thank Prof. Dr. Obiyathulla Ismath Bacha, Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman, Prof Dr. Syed Azizi Wafa Syed Khalid Wafa and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wong Hock Tsen for their contributions to this event (the schedule can be downloaded here).