The Faculty of Business Administration and Accountancy has a continuous policy to promote research activities within the organization, and from all levels of the organization. To actualize this, the Faculty provides various forms of support including funding and research skill workshops in order to keep researchers current and ready. The policy has been successful, which is evident in the continuous flow of quality research output as can be seen in annual reports.
There is a variety in the research work done at the Faculty of Management Sciences. These range from solo work multi-author and multidisciplinary collaborations. This is to meet the specific demands of the business community in various fields related to economics, finance, and industry. The research outputs contribute to strengthening social development.
The Faculty of Management Sciences designs its organizational structure to promote flexibility in research activities, consistent with the broad policy of the university that encourages the establishment of specialized research centers to channel funding and personnel for more effective research. Several research centers under the care of the Faculty of Management Sciences have been founded. These are the following.
The E-saan Business and Economics Research Center (ECBER)
Currently the growth of the urban economy has spread from the Bangkok metropolitan area has spread more toward other regions of the country. This development is both a result of government policy that encourages stronger roles of local governments in local administration and utilizes natural advantages for economic development, as well as the effect of private businesses expanding their markets or locating closer to regional suppliers. The increased distribution of economic growth to other regions of the country brings with it the increased competition in these regions, making it necessary for local businesses to develop new knowledge in economics and business in order to survive. For this reason, understanding the new business environment in which they compete will improve their chances of success. This understanding requires clear and reliable business and economic data to allow principled and logical decision making. In addition, the government policy of stronger roles for local administration makes it necessary to have clear and reliable data on the current local conditions to allow appropriate planning for local development.
However, the construction of a database or the search for reliable data incurs huge costs for an organization or a small to medium sized business. The Faculty of Management Sciences understands the important role these organizations plays in the development of the E-Saan (Northeast) region, and thus began work on this project. The University's location in this region provides an advantage in access to data and a deeper understanding of issues affecting the local area. In addition to its role in providing data and reports, the center also serves as training ground for Faculty personnel in analytical research, emphasizing the construction of new knowledge related to regional development. The ECBER also brings reputation to the University as the knowledge center in business and economics, whose vision is to become the “Information Centric of GMS (Greater Mekhong Sub-region).
To become a center for business and economic research in the Northeastern region
To be the information center for business and industry
To disseminate knowledge of business and industry to the local, national, and international community
To produce experts in business development in the region
To facilitate the cooperation among personnel in various fields and organizations such as those in business and industry, education, and national research centers.
Business Strategy Development Center (BUSDEC)
The Business Strategy Development Center (BUSDEC) emphasizes the integration of knowledge and competence of personnel and knowledge network affiliates to promote and support quality and effective academic services for government and private organizations. These are local, national, as well as international organizations representing the Greater Mekhong Sub-Region.
The BUSDEC defines its vision to be the achievement of excellence in the integration of strategic sciences to provide strength and sustainability to enterprises in the Northeastern region. Its mission is to help, promote, and support enterprises in the Northeastern region to improve competitiveness, and to play a part in the development of potential and the implementation of strategy I government and private organizations.
Services provided by BUSDEC are varied. They include
advice on marketing, advertising, sales, finance, accounting, and management,
workshops and seminars on business and economics
business and marketing plans
finance and investment analyses
project feasibility studies
evaluation and follow-up of projects
packaging and brand design
exhibitions, booths, and other events.
Center for Asia-Pacific Tourism Research (CAPToR)
The center for Asia-Pacific Tourism Research (CAPToR) at the Faculty of Management Sciences at Khon Kaen University is established for the development of knowledge in service and administration in the tourism industry to meet international standards. The aim is at further development into high-level specialized research for faculty members, academicians, researchers, students, and other interested parties. The center also promotes cooperation among between the government and the business sector related to the tourism and services industry in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Center for Innovation and Modern Management
The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded in 1967 in accordance with the Bangkok Declaration on 8 August 1967. There are 10 member countries, grouped into original members and new members. There are 6 original member countriesBrunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, and 4 new membersCambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam (also known as CLMV). The ASEAN Economic Community or AEC is an organization of ASEAN countries, whose goal is to achieve its objectives outlined in the 8th ASEAN Summit in November 2002 by the year 2020. In the ASEAN Summit of 2003 the leaders announced the Bali Concord II which declared their agreement to develop ASEAN into an economic cooperation. The announcement has determined that there be free import and export in 11 important goods and services industries. These are tourism, air travel, automotive, timber, rubber, textile, electronics, agriculture, fisheries, information technology, and health services. The goal of this cooperation is for a single production area and a single market in the region. This indicates that based on this goal, there will be free flow of goods, services, and factors of production within the boundaries of member nations.
Under the principle of a single production area and a single market, the production of goods and services can take place in any member country, and these are subject to the same standard and regulations. Member states assign different countries to organize this integration in different industries. Myanmar is responsible for agro-based products and fisheries, Malaysia for rubber-based products and textiles, Indonesia for the automotive industry and wood-based products, the Philippines for electronics, Singapore for Information Technology (e-ASEAN) and healthcare, and Thailand for tourism and air travel.
The progress toward a single production area and a single market among the 6 original member states are the following. On 1 January 2010 the countries agreed to lower tariffs to 0% on 99% of products under the special tax rate agreement. There was an agreement for a freer flow of services in business, profession, construction, sales, education, environmental services, health, water transportation, telecommunications and tourism. Agreements were also made to allow a larger share of ownership in local businesses among ASEAN investors, freer flow of financial services, and more open financial markets. Some ASEAN members have relaxed regulations in the foreign exchange market, payments, transfers, and purchases of bonds. An agreement was reached for free movements in 7 occupationsdoctors, dentists, accountants, engineers, nurses, architects, surveyorsconsidered to pave the way for free movement in other areas.
Based on the agreements and the role of each country in regional integration, it is clear that organizational management in the future must adapt to the future environment of a single market in the region. This will lead to more labor mobility, competition among businesses across nations, utilization of technology for a competitive edge, creation of new products, and better and faster customer service. In addition, the environments within organizations have also experienced rapid changes. There are more sophistication in competition and the work process. Business competition is no longer just between businesses but between supply chains. Members of each supply chain must contribute to new innovations and the knowledge base for the sustainable development of the supply chain.
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