Saturday, October 25, 2014

The 2nd Thai Studies Conference in Melbourne: a Prologue

The 2nd Thai Studies conference in Melbourne (Thai Australian Business Studies Conference) was an interesting event from academic and cultural views. As a convenor of the conference, I worked with the members of the conference committee to organise various aspects of the conference. With a short timeframe for the call for papers (including revision, acceptance and rejection), we managed to include papers from business and management in Thailand, trade and ties between Thailand and Australia, borderlands and refugees in Thailand, and modern management trends in Thailand and ASEAN.


                              Professor Gill Palmer, Vice Chancellor of RMIT University

                                          Delegates from the University of Melbourne

On Thursday 23rd October, we had an informal network event at RMIT where my team from RMIT and Professor Sandra Jones from RMIT's Centre for Business Education Research welcomed delegates from Burapha University, Monash and the University of Melbourne. A bit of campus tour and conversations on Thailand and Australia was an interesting way to start our conference. Then, we proceeded to the welcome conference dinner at Le Bangkok Thai restaurant we we also invited our friends from TIWA, a local Melbourne-based NGO for Thai women.

                                                  Prof. Sandra Jones from RMIT

We started the second day of the conference with welcoming messages from Professor Gill Palmer, Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University. We also invited Dr. Simon Wallace, the Honorary Consul for General, to be our speaker and shared his views on the relationship between Australia and Thailand to the participants. We concluded the morning session with ideas on modern research on ASEAN and skill development by Professor Pauline Stanton, head of school of management at RMIT and Professor Sandra Jones from the Centre for Business Education Research.

                                           Dr. Simon Wallace, Our Keynote Speaker

All presentations in the morning focus on skills and education in Thailand. Trends from these studies show some significant messages on modern Thai education and training They include (a) approaches in teaching and learning (i.e. language, business skills) in Thai educational system should shift to 'more' regional contexts (than national context), and (b) soft skills such as language training can be useful to promote understanding among ASEAN and Australia.




Papers from the morning session help us to understand the future directions of skill and capacity development in the Thai educational and business sectors. In fact, points on soft skills (in communication, cross-cultural management and diversity management in ASEAN) were creatively discussed at this session.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Program for the 2nd Thai Australian Business Studies Conference

23-24 October 2014

Building 80, Level 9

School of Management 

RMIT University

Welcome to the 2nd Thai Australian business studies conference
On behalf of the conference committee of this conference, I would like to extend a warm welcome to researchers, academics in Thai and business studies, and ‘friends of Thailand’ joining us in Melbourne for what promises to be a refreshing, innovative and stimulating conference on contemporary Thai and Australian business and management.
This year we have been pleased to be able to work with the Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University and RMIT’s Centre for Business Education (CBER). Their contributions to this conference are significant. It is my hope that papers and presentations from this conference will give us some interesting and profound ‘ideas’ on challenges of modern management in Thailand and South East Asian from both Australian and Thai perspectives.
Finally, I hope this event will promote dialogues among young researchers in our discipline and strengthen academic bonds among Australia, Thailand and other countries in South East Asia.
Welcome to the conference!

Associate Professor Nattavud Pimpa

Conference Convenor 2014
School of Management, RMIT University

About the Conference
The 2nd Thai Australian Business Studies conference (Thai Studies in Melbourne) will be the important academic forum for scholars and researchers who are interested in contemporary Thailand, and the relationship among Thailand, Australia and South East Asian nations. The theme for this conference is Regionalisation and Thailand. This theme will be reflected by research papers and presentations from scholars, academics and media from the region.
The conference also marks a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Australia's dialogues partnership with ASEAN and 62th anniversary with Thailand. From 1967, Australia and ASEAN have gone through various political, economic and social dialogues. Regionalism has been one of the key trade and political issues among ASEAN members and Australia. Today, Australia has profound relationship in education, culture, politics and economic with Thailand and other ASEAN countries. This can be witnessed in different collaborations in the form of Government-to-Government projects in trade, security and social/community development.
                                                           Photo from: Lantern Kitchen (www.penguin.com.au)
Thailand and Australia currently enjoy an unprecedented level of co-operation and commonality of thinking. Cooperation between Thailand and Australia extends well beyond trade. We are currently focusing on human-to-human relationship. There are, hence, several issues that Australia, Thailand and ASEAN can and should further discuss as potential regional development.With the forthcoming ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, Australia will need to engage and collaborate with South East Asian countries, including Thailand, at different levels and approaches.

With the current political and economic situations in Thailand, the key issuess on (1) roles of Thailand in the region, and (2) relationship and future of Thailand-ASEAN and Australia remain unclear.


At this important conference, we will discuss the future of our region from the Thai and Australian perspectives as well as the way in which Thailand, Australia and other South East Asian Nations can work together to promote regional stability and collaboration. 
          Conference Themes

- Regionalisation: South East Asia and Thailand - Regional Trade and Economy
- AEC Readiness: Skills Development  - Contemporary Thai and Regional Culture
          - Australia and Thailand  -Business and Management in the Region - Borderlands

              Online Registration at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/bus/tabs2014


Program: 
  Full program is available here  


Program
2nd Thai Australian Business Studies Conference:
Regionalisation, Skills Development and Thailand
Friday, 24 October 2014
RMIT University Building 80, Level 9, Room 12
445 Swanston Street Street, Melbourne
8.45 am – 9.00 am Registration / Coffee
Level 9 Room 12
9.00 am – 9.30 am Welcome / Opening Address
Level 9 Room 12
9.30 am – 10.30 am
Session 1: Skills and Organisation in the Thai context
Level 9 Room 12
10.30 am – 11 am Morning Tea / Break
11 am – 1pm
Work of Leadership Cluster ‘Explorespace' session
Level 8 Room 9
11 am – 12 noon
Session 2: Management in the Thai Context
Level 9 Room 12
12 noon – 1 pm
Session 3: Health and Borderlands Forum
Level 9 Room 12
1 pm – 1.45 pm Lunch
1.45 pm – 2.30 pm
Session 4: Markets and Behaviour
Level 9 Room 12
2.30 pm – 3 pm Afternoon Tea / Break
3 pm – 4 pm
Session 5: Thailand and the World
Level 9 Room 12
4 pm – 4.30 pm Closing Address


Sponsored By:
School of Management RMIT University, Australia
Centre for Business Education Research (CBER), RMIT University
Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University, Thailand




Friday, October 17, 2014

The 2nd Thai Australian Business Studies Conference


The 2nd Thai Australian Business Studies conference (Thai Studies in Melbourne) will be the important academic forum for scholars and researchers who are interested in contemporary Thailand, and the relationship among Thailand, Australia and South East Asian nations. The theme for this conference is Regionalisation and Thailand. This theme will be reflected by research papers and presentations from scholars, academics and media from the region.
The conference also marks a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Australia's dialogues partnership with ASEAN and 62th anniversary with Thailand. From 1967, Australia and ASEAN have gone through various political, economic and social dialogues. Regionalism has been one of the key trade and political issues among ASEAN members and Australia. Today, Australia has profound relationship in education, culture, politics and economic with Thailand and other ASEAN countries. This can be witnessed in different collaborations in the form of Government-to-Government projects in trade, security and social/community development.

 Thailand and Australia currently enjoy an unprecedented level of co-operation and commonality of thinking. Cooperation between Thailand and Australia extends well beyond trade. We are currently focusing on human-to-human relationship. There are, hence, several issues that Australia, Thailand and ASEAN can and should further discuss as potential regional development.With the forthcoming ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, Australia will need to engage and collaborate with South East Asian countries, including Thailand, at different levels and approaches.

With the current political and economic situations in Thailand, the key issuess on (1) roles of Thailand in the region, and (2) relationship and future of Thailand-ASEAN and Australia remain unclear.


At this important conference, we will discuss the future of our region from the Thai and Australian perspectives as well as the way in which Thailand, Australia and other South East Asian Nations can work together to promote regional stability and collaboration. 
          Conference Themes

- Regionalisation: South East Asia and Thailand - Regional Trade and Economy
- AEC Readiness: Skills Development  - Contemporary Thai and Regional Culture
          - Australia and Thailand  -Business and Management in the Region - Borderlands

              Online Registration at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/bus/tabs2014


Program




Program
2nd Thai Australian Business Studies Conference:
Regionalisation, Skills Development and Thailand
Friday, 24 October 2014
RMIT University Building 80, Level 9, Room 12
445 Swanston Street Street, Melbourne
8.45 am – 9.00 am Registration / Coffee
Level 9 Room 12
9.00 am – 9.30 am Welcome / Opening Address
Level 9 Room 12
9.30 am – 10.30 am
Session 1: Skills and Organisation in the Thai context
Level 9 Room 12
10.30 am – 11 am Morning Tea / Break
11 am – 1pm
Work of Leadership Cluster ‘Explorespace' session
Level 8 Room 9
11 am – 12 noon
Session 2: Management in the Thai Context
Level 9 Room 12
12 noon – 1 pm
Session 3: Health and Borderlands Forum
Level 9 Room 12
1 pm – 1.45 pm Lunch
1.45 pm – 2.30 pm
Session 4: Markets and Behaviour
Level 9 Room 12
2.30 pm – 3 pm Afternoon Tea / Break
3 pm – 4 pm
Session 5: Thailand and the World
Level 9 Room 12
4 pm – 4.30 pm Closing Address


Sponsored By:
School of Management RMIT University, Australia
Centre for Business Education Research (CBER), RMIT University
Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University, Thailand



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Call for Papers: 2nd Thai Australian Business Studies Conference - Regionalisation and Thailand




                                              2nd Thai Australian Business Studies Conference:
                                                        Regionalisation and Thailand
                                                             23-24 October 2014
                                      Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne
                                 

                                                                      Hosted by:
                                         The Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University
                                                   School of Management, RMIT University
                                                                   

The 2nd Thai Studies conference (Thai-Australian Business Studies) will be the important academic forum for scholars and researchers who are interested in contemporary Thailand, and the relationship among Thailand, Australia and South East Asian nations. The theme for this conference is Regionalisation and Thailand. Due to significant changes in Thailand and most countries in the region, we will challenge academics in this area to discuss the concept of 'regionalisation' from the Thai and international perspectives. This theme will be reflected by research papers and presentations from scholars, academics and media from the region.
The conference also marks a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Australia's dialogues partnership with ASEAN and 62th anniversary with Thailand. From 1967, Australia and ASEAN have gone through various political, economic and social dialogues. Regionalism has been one of the key trade and political issues among ASEAN members and Australia. Today, Australia has profound relationship in education, culture, politics and economic with Thailand and other ASEAN countries. This can be witnessed in different collaborations in the form of Government-to-Government projects in trade, security and social/community development.

 Thailand and Australia currently enjoy an unprecedented level of co-operation and commonality of thinking. Cooperation between Thailand and Australia extends well beyond trade. We are currently focusing on human-to-human relationship. There are, hence, several issues that Australia, Thailand and ASEAN can and should further discuss as potential regional development.With the forthcoming ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, Australia will need to engage and collaborate with South East Asian countries, including Thailand, at different levels and approaches.

With the current political and economic situations in Thailand, the key issuess on (1) roles of Thailand in the region, and (2) relationship and future of Thailand-ASEAN and Australia remain unclear.


At this important conference, we will discuss the future of our region from the Thai and Australian perspectives as well as the way in which Thailand, Australia and other South East Asian Nations can work together to promote regional stability and collaboration. 
          Conference Themes:

- Regionalisation: South East Asia and Thailand - Regional Trade and Economy
- AEC Readiness: Skills Development  - Contemporary Thai and Regional Culture
          - Australia and Thailand  -Business and Management in the Region - Borderlands


Paper Style:
This international peer-reviewed conference follows the style of the International Journal of Studies in Thai Business, Society and Culture: http://www.e-jts.asia/Guidelines-for-Authors.php
All papers submit to this conference will be reviewed by 2 reviewers. The conference organisers will notify the outcomes of your paper/abstract after the meeting of the conference committee. Paper should not exceed 10 pages. You are allowed to include information of the author(s) only on the first page of the paper.

Submission: Submission of abstract or full paper can be made directly to Associate Professor Nattavud Pimpa (the Convener): nattavudpimpa@gmail.com

Important Date

  • Call for papers:                                    15 July - 10 Octoberber 2014         
  • Notifications of Acceptance/Rejection:   15 October 2014
  •  Registration:                                        1 August - 10 October 2014 
 Program  Committee Members:
       
          Associate Professor Nattavud Pimpa, Conference Convener
          School of Management, RMIT University
         
         Assistant Professor Banpot Wiroonraj, Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University
         Professor Sandra Jones, RMIT University
         Professor Adela Mcmurray, RMIT University
         Dr. Sheree Gregory, RMIT University
         Dr. Timothy Moore, The University of Melbourne
         Dr. David Hodges, RMIT University
         Dr. Warren Staples, RMIT University
         Ms. Dusadee Coulson, Australia-Thailand Institute
       
     

      **There is no registration fee for this conference because we need to keep the high standard of our papers. We also need to acknowledge support from our sponsors: RMIT University and The Graduate School of Commerce, Burapha University.
             Note that some papers from this conference MAY be eligible to publish in:                                                                                  The International Journal of Studies in Thai Business, Society & Culture

About the Host:



School of Management
The School of Management helps create sustainable and ethical business practices through education and training programs, and associated research and consultancies, in Australia and offshore. It does this primarily through its programs in management, entrepreneurship, human resource management and international business. It endeavours to meet the work related higher education requirements of the market.




Centre for Business Education Research (CBER)
Research in CBER combines empirical and theoretical research into the new knowledge, pedagogies, educational techniques, and technologies to inspire and encourage graduate engagement with industry.

CBER draws its strength from many years of experience in teaching and research across the disciplines of accounting, business information systems, economics, law, logistics, management and marketing, in Australia and across Asia. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thai Studies Presentation at DFAT

The Thai Studies conference was a real hit in 2011 and we need to thank our key sponsor, the Australia-Thailand Institute for financial and technical supports.

In November, I was invited by DFAT and ATI to give a brief presentation on Thai studies conference to the public. The function was well-attended by a number of key people from the Royal Thai embassy, the ATI and DFAT.




His Excellency Dr Kriangsak Kittichaisaree (Thai Ambassador to Australia) addresses the gathering





Dr Nattavud Pimpa (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) presents details of his ATI supported grant project with the gathering




His Excellency Dr Kriangsak Kittichaisaree (Thai Ambassador to Australia) and Mr Bill Patterson (Ambassador for Counter Terrorism, and former Australian Ambassador to Bangkok, Dec 04-Jul 08)




Ms Vanessa Wood (Director, ATI Secretariat), His Excellency Dr Kriangsak Kittichaisaree (Thai Ambassador to Australia) and Mr Jeremy Hanson, MLA (Member for Molonglo)





Mr Mike Courtnall, Chair of the Australia Thailand Institute addresses the gathering





Mr Nick Stewart (Canberra Times), Mr Kirk Conningham (Leighton Holdings) and Mr Jeremy Hanson, MLA (Member for Molonglo)


Mr Justin Scarr (Royal Surf Life Saving Society Australia) and Ms Tarina Rubin (Program Manager, SwimSafe Thailand) present details of their ATI supported grant project with the gathering



Mr Bassim Blazey (Assistant Secretary, South-East Asia Bilateral Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) with Mr Stephen Cutting and Ms Lucie Cutting (ATI grant recipients)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pictures from the 1st Thai Studies Conference (2)

The second day of the conference was held at RMIT University (Storey Hall) and the key themes of the day included business and management in Thailand and language and culture. A number of presenters attended the conference on the second day at RMIT University.

Khun Chaimongkol from RMIT University


Khun Suteepon from Monash University


James Wei from the University of Melbourne