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Systematic Review: A Step-by-Step Guide

14 September (Monday), 10:00am-1:00pm (Malaysia Time)

By Associate Professor Dr Saeed Pahlevan Sharif, Taylor’s University, Malaysia

#Systematic_review is a research method to synthesize the existing body of knowledge. Systematic reviews have been regarded of particular value due to their propensity to reduce biases, increase reliability, and potentially improve the communication of the findings. Systematic reviews have increasingly replaced traditional narrative reviews and are considered the gold standard for synthesizing evidence. This workshop aims to provide a step-by-step guide for doctoral students and researchers interested in conducting a systematic review.

Associate Professor Dr. Saeed Pahlevan Sharif is Head of Research and PhD Programme Director in Faculty of Business and Law, Taylor’s University, Malaysia. Dr Saeed has published more than 100 research papers in prestigious journals and presented more than 40 papers in international conferences, among them are methodological papers and book chapters on systematic review. He has received Taylor’s University Vice Chancellor’s Research Award and the Iranian Embassy Research Medalist Award in 2017. He serves as the Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration.

Basics of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) using AMOS

8 September: 10:00am-1:00pm (Malaysia Time)


By She Long (Adam), Taylor’s University, Malaysia

This workshop designed to provide participants with enjoyable instructional experiences that focus on the basics of SEM using AMOS. This workshop provides the material and skills needed to develop a good understanding of the SEM model and to be able to apply their data into the SEM model. Such as measurement and structural model development, model fit assessment, construct reliability and validity assessment, structural model assessments, and hypothesis testing.

Workshop Outlines

  • Introduction on the basics of SEM
  • Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) using AMOS
  • Model fit assessment, construct reliability and validity assessment
  • Structural model assessment and hypothesis testing

**We highly recommend participants to install SPSS and AMOS packages before the workshop.

She Long is a PhD (Business) candidate at Taylor’s University under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr Ratneswary Rasiah and Associate Professor Dr Saeed Pahlevansharif, in the field of personal finance, funded by Taylor’s Postgraduate Research Scholarship. She Long received the B.B.A degree in Management from Multimedia University, Malaysia (MMU). In 2017, he received his Master’s degree in Islamic Finance with first-class from the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF). She long has published Scopus indexed paper and presented several papers in international conferences in the area of Business. He has held several external grants. She Long serves as a reviewer for several SCOPUS indexed journals such as Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration and Young Consumer. Currently, he is working on several research projects from multi-disciplines.

An introduction to fuzzy methods for PhD students and early career researchers

11 July: 3.30pm-5pm (Malaysia Time)

By Dr. Naser Valaei, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Unlike conventional quantitative methods in social sciences, research such as system of regression and multivariate procedures which are mostly based on frequency and consistency thresholds, the basis of fuzzy set analysis is the fact that there is no “single correct answer” to draw conclusion from the data analysis. Indeed, fuzzy sets fill the gap between qualitative and quantitative methods of measurement. This workshop aims to introduce fuzzy methods such as Fuzzy QCA and Fuzzy TOPSIS for PhD students and early career researchers.

Dr Naser Valaei is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. Previously he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Marketing at KEDGE Business School, Bordeaux, France and a Lecturer in Marketing at Department of Marketing, Sunway University Business School, Sunway University, Malaysia. His research has been published in several journals such as Journal of Business Research, Computers in Human Behavior, Information Technology & People, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Marketing Intelligence & Planning, Business Process Management Journal, the International Review of Retail, Distribution, and Consumer Research, among others. He is an Associate Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration and sits at the editorial board of Journal of Promotion Management. He also serves as a reviewer to several refereed journals such as Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Business Research, Technovation, Information Technology & People, and Tourism Management.

An introduction to fuzzy methods for PhD students and early career researchers

11 July, 3pm-3.30pm (Malaysia Time)

By Dr Md Imtiaz Mostafiz, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Quantitative management researches are overwhelmed with conventional regression analyses and/or structural equation modelling. Most of the regression analyses or SEM provide a single solution to the intended outcome. Whereas, the fsQCA embraces equifinality, meaning that, there being more than one means or set of conditions that lead to or affects the accomplishment of the same END. Drawing on the Configurational theory, it recognises that organisational phenomenon is often part of tightly coupled, holistic system, in which knowledge is lost when a reductionist analytical mode of inquiry is adopted which attempts to isolate individual components of an interdependent system within bivariate empirically testable relationships. In this webinar, the fundamentals of fsQCA will be discussed. It could be highly beneficial for promising researchers as a starting point to employ fsQCA in the management stream.

Dr Md Imtiaz Mostafiz is a Lecturer of International Business & Strategy at Sheffield Business School (AACSB accredited), Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom. He has received ‘Best Paper Award’ for his PhD dissertation from the Academy of International Business, USA-West Annual Conference 2018 – The University of Denver, Colorado, USA. His scholarly works published in the Multinational Business Review, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, European Journal of International Management, Strategic Change, International Review of Entrepreneurship, International Journal of Emerging Market, etc.

Efficient Research: An Approach to Publish in High Impact Journals

11 July 2pm-3pm (Malaysia Time)

Dr. Mohammad Nourani, USM, Malaysia

This seminar is designed for postgraduate students and academic staff in improving their research skills to publish in high impact journals. The speaker is an experienced researcher with a number of publications in ISI journals. By the end of this session, the audience is expected to understand the approaches to do research more efficiently, and more pleasing for the reviewers of the manuscript.

Dr. Mohammad Nourani is a senior lecturer at Finance Section, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia. In 2017, he completed his Ph.D. in industria economics in Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya under Bright Sparks scholarship where he gained the University of Malaya Excellence Award 2017, recognized as the best PhD student with highest impact publications. In 2013, he received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialized in finance from Multimedia University. His publications appear in reputable high impact journals such as OMEGA: the international journal of management science, Economic Modelling, Applied Economics, Singapore Economic Review, Managerial and Decision Economics, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, Review of Managerial Science, and Technological and Economic Development of Economy, among others.

How and Where to Get Ideas for Publication

12 July 9am-10:30am (Malaysia Time)

By Dr. Kizito Uyi Ehigiamusoe, Taylor’s University, Malaysia

One of the challenges facing young researchers is how and where to get ideas for publication in reputable journals. Even those who have the ideas often find it difficult to organize them into publishable forms. How and where can researchers get ideas for publication? How can these ideas be organized into publishable forms? In this seminar, the speaker will share personal experience of how and where to get ideas for publication in reputable journals, as well as how to organize these ideas into publishable forms. The seminar will also suggest ways to overcome the challenges of transforming ideas to manuscripts that are suitable for publication.
This session will primarily address the following
• How to get ideas for publication
• Where to get ideas for publication
• How to organize ideas for publication

Dr Kizito Uyi Ehigiamusoe, B.Sc (Ed/Econs), MFE (Fin. Econs), M.Ed (Admin), M.Sc (Econs), Ph.D (Econs) is a Lecturer in Taylor’s Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Taylor’s University Selangor, Malaysia. He worked as a Teaching Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Dr. Kizito was also a Researcher in the Department of Research and Training, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, National Assembly, Abuja, Nigeria. He obtained his Ph.D from the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) under the USM Fellowship Award. He also attended the University of Pretoria, South Africa and the School of Mathematical Sciences in USM for certificate courses in Applied Econometrics. His main research areas include Financial Economics, Energy Economics, Macroeconomics and Applied Econometrics. In these research areas, Dr Kizito has presented several papers in academic conferences in Africa, Europe and Asia. He has published several articles in reputable peer reviewed journals such as: Applied Energy; Journal of Sustainable Tourism; Environmental Science and Pollution Research; Journal of Policy Modelling; Energy Sources Part B Economics, Planning and Policy; Empirical Economics; Emerging Markets Finance and Trade; Economics; Singapore Economic Review; Economies; African Development Review; Journal of African Business; Contemporary Economics; etc. Besides, Dr. Kizito serves as a reviewer for several SCOPUS- and SSCI-indexed journals such as International Journal of Finance and Economics, Australian Economic Papers, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Asia-Pacific Journal of Business Administration, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Environment, Development and Sustainability, SAGE Open, Frontiers in Energy Research, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Contemporary Economics. Dr Kizito conducts several academic workshops/seminars for students and young researchers on academic writing, applied econometric methodologies, and research publications.

Meta-analysis 101: What, Why, and How

12 July 11am-12pm (Malaysia Time)

By Hassam Waheed, Taylor’s University, Malaysia

The number of published meta-analyses have increased exponentially over the decades, and are the most cited form of academic papers. Meta-analysis is a popular statistical technique for summarizing, integrating, and interpreting empirical research. Since a meta-analysis aggregates conceptually and statistically similar studies, it offers greater statistical power to detect relevant effects than any single study. Through a meta-analysis, a researcher is able to answer questions that may not be possible to answer in any single study. Resultantly, a meta-analysis takes the top spot in a hierarchy of evidence-based research, followed by systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The aim of this seminar is to provide a basic overview of a meta-analysis to undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers who have no prior meta-analyzing experience. Upon completion of this seminar, participants should be able to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of a meta-analysis – “What”
• Define a research question for their meta-analysis – “Why”
• Know how to perform a meta-analysis – “How”

Hassam Waheed is a PhD (Business) candidate at Taylor’s University under the supervision of Associate Professor Dr Ratneswary Rasiah and Associate Professor Dr Saeed Pahlevansharif. Hassam’s doctoral research investigates behavioral interventions in the Malaysian retirement market through an experimental design. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to his research that entails the fields of, social psychology and behavioral economics. Hassam holds a Master of Business Economics degree and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce degree from Monash University Australia. He has published Scopus indexed papers and he has held several external grants. Currently he is working on several meta-analyses projects.

How to use STATA to do various regression analysis

12 July 12pm-1pm (Malaysia Time)

By Md Hakim Ali, Taylor’s University, Malaysia

Regression analysis is a set of statistical methods to estimate the relationship between the dependent and one or more independent variables. The application of regression analysis in the field of economics, finance, and banking is immense. While many of us, particularly with secondary data, is in the dilemma of choosing the research method as well as applying STATA. So, understanding the bottleneck of STATA and how it works for regression analysis is important. Hence, this webinar would provide a comprehensive idea of choosing the appropriate regression method, applying STATA conveniently, and understanding of the frequently confronted issues in the entire process.

Md Hakim is a Graduate Research Assistant in a flagship project “cybersecurity risk and bank stability” at Taylor’s University, Malaysia. Md Hakim has recently passed his PhD viva voce, focusing three essays in cybersecurity risk in banking institutions. He obtained MSc in Islamic finance from INCEIF and BBA in Finance & Banking from the University of Rajshahi. He has published a few papers in the ISI journal over time, namely Economic Modeling, Australian Economic Papers, Managerial Finance, Studies in Economics and Finance, Springer Book chapter along with a few under revision with high-ranking journals. In addition, he has a fair number of conference papers delivered in countries i.e. The USA, UK, Italy, Hungary, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia. Md Hakim also frequently writes about Islamic Finance, banking and finance in Bangladesh’s leading daily newspapers i.e. Financial Express.