Grand Research Title (GREAT) Cluster Governance and Regulation
Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) is home to world-renowned experts from a range of disciplines.
In 2020, UNIRAZAK developed a structure with a better research ecosystem and is comprehensively in line with the current need for multidisciplinary approaches in solving research problem.
The Grand Research Title (GREAT) Project offers expertise in fields of leadership, entrepreneurship, accountant, education, public policy and governance as well as management.
This initiative is developed to strengthen research activities as well as enhance research quality and productivity.
The mission of the GREAT Project is to promote the highest quality postgraduate education and can be used as a steppingstone for potential PhD and MPhil scholars.
GREAT will allow students to engage with highly ranked faculty and strong scholarly support.
How it works
At UNIRAZAK we have identified a number of research topics, across our six GREAT Clusters that we would particularly welcome applications for PhD and MPhil study. In addition to the research themes provided, students can also suggest their own topic.
Below is an overview of the GREAT Clusters and their field of expertise. Interested students can further enquire on the research topics as well as potential supervisors within the respective clusters.
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Accounting & Finance
Accounting and Finance cluster intends to provide a base for lecturers to develop and display their potential, proficiency, and involvement in research, as well as consultancy in relevant areas. Its long-term target is for UNIRAZAK to be the leader in spearheading research and consultancy in the areas of Accounting & Finance in Malaysia. The world of accounting and finance has become more intricate and in order to remain relevant, a university has to have the aptitude and prowess in this niche area.
Field of Expertise:
- Financial Accounting & Reporting
- Management Accounting and Integrated Reporting
- Islamic Banking & Finance
- Contemporary Banking & Finance
- Auditing & Corporate Governance
- Public Sector Accounting & Finance
- Accounting & Finance in Education.
Education, Early Childhood Education and Humanities
The Education, Early Childhood Education and Humanities research cluster incorporates researchers whose work crosses, and intersects with a range of disciplines, methodologies and theoretical frameworks. This research includes children, parents, families, caretakers, teachers and the wide range of professionals who work with them.
Field of Expertise:
- Educational Technology
- Child development
The focus of this cluster embodies a quadruple entrepreneurship helix designed to engage and support academia, industry, government, and community within an increasingly knowledge-based economy. UNIRAZAK has focussed on entrepreneurship research and education both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 2008. This cluster follows from UNIRAZAK’s excellent tradition of creating an impact across many entrepreneurial fields e.g., education, marketing, and finance, directly benefiting UNIRAZAK students, SME’s, and government agencies.
Broadly this research cluster will engage our stakeholders across and via five key research bands.
Band 1 – Cognitive aspects of entrepreneurship. Here the cognitive aspects of entrepreneurship will be the focus.
Band 2 – Demographic and personality determinants of entrepreneurship. This covers entrepreneurship determinants e.g., social capital, human capital, and personality-types, all within the context of the macro-economy.
Band 3 – The theoretical perspectives on entrepreneurship. Conceptual papers that review, adapt, and maybe even revise theories that impact entrepreneurship will fit this band.
Band 4 – Entrepreneurial finance and innovation. This will encapsulate venture capital, business angels, SMEs finance, fintech and broader public policy that support such initiatives.
Band 5 – Entrepreneurial strategy. This considers the strategic importance of networks, partnerships, and innovation for and of resources, including knowledge, for superior sustainable performance.
(adapted from Thomson Reuters, Web of Science)
Overall, the entrepreneurial intent of this cluster is to foster an orientation for action research and in so doing pave the way for purposeful and practical applications
Field of Expertise
- High Growth Entrepreneurship
- Education and Training in Entrepreneurship
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship Financing Process
- Entrepreneurial Employee Activity
- Innovation and entrepreneurs
- Total Early-Stage Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA)
- Necessity vs Opportunity Driven Entrepreneurs
- Rural vs Urban Entrepreneurial levels
- Fear of Failure in Entrepreneurship
- Societal Values and Entrepreneurship
- Innovation and Entrepreneurs
- Youth Entrepreneurs
- Women’s entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
- ASEAN Entrepreneurial Environment
- Malaysia Entrepreneurial Environment
- Bumiputra Environment
This cluster addresses leadership research in its widest sense. Leadership research, education, training and best practices have been a strategic thrust and theme of the university for the past decade. With the support of Yayasan Tun Ismail Ali Berdaftar and Permodalan Nasional Berhad, the university was endowed with four professorial chairs in Leadership, Crisis Leadership and Resilience, Futuristic Leadership, and, Entrepreneurial Leadership.
The university has had an inclusive and broad perspective on leadership and strategy. Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, our researchers and students do not just focus on commercial organisations and the private sector, but also consider leadership in public service organisations – including the public sector and not-for-profit organisations – which better reflects the make-up of our student population and society in general.
Being culturally diverse with many ethnic and indigenous groups within the population, Malaysia has an interesting and rich perspective on leadership, tracing roots, belief systems and values across the Malay Archipelago (Nusantara), China, India and other Asia Pacific countries.
Field of Expertise:
- Leadership and Strategy
- Leadership and Marketing
- Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Leadership and Performance Management
- Leadership in the Government
- Leadership in the Private Sector
- Leadership in Higher Education
This cluster aims to make significant contribution to the advancement of management debate. It also aims to enhance the continuation of the UNIRAZAK research in the field of Applied management, where UNIRAZAK has obtained a leading position relative to its peers. The program’s emphasis is on empirical, applied and policy-oriented research. The empirical findings would serve as important inputs for strategic management formulations and contribute to future academia.
Field of Expertise:
- Human resource management
- Total quality management
- Supply chain management
- General Management
Public Policy and Governance
In this research cluster, it explores a diverse set of central policy issues, ranging from civil service management to corruption, politics and business to name just a few. The aim is to inform government efforts, public debates and high-level policy and management decisions to ensure inclusive and rational policies. The cluster hopes to collaborate and engage with governance institutions and work alongside with think tanks and other universities, nationally and internationally, and share lessons about government engagement and governance among each other.
Field of Expertise:
- Governance and the new normal
- Governance in business management
- Governance and innovation
- Discretion and Accountability
- Governance: Who controls whom?
- Regulatory governance and Business