MERIA 2018


MERIA Research Forum

19-20 July 2018 @ Novotel Airport Hotel, Bali Indonesia 


MERIA focuses on mentoring educators & researchers from ASEAN step by step to

  1. Conduct research

  2. Deliver papers at international conferences

  3. Be published in peer-reviewed international journals, Congress catalogued academic books, and high impact reports for the UN and World Bank, including SCOPUS indexed journals​


Day 1



  1. Welcome & Introduction
  2. Why Publish? Approach & Opportunities for Publication
  3. Research Methodologies 

  • Participants to have emailed draft of paper they wish to be published 6 weeks before Day 1 of workshop: 7 Jun 2018



Day 2



  1. Presentation by Participants
  2. Closing
  • Participants to prepare 15 minutes presentations: 20 Jul 2018
  • MERIA Faculty of Research Professors will give comments for further improvements




  1. Academic publications reflect strength of research community

  2. Academic publications generate high-quality evidence for policy decisions

  3. Times Top 100 Universities tend to be US & Europe, with some top Asian universities listed

  4. Great universities have great professors who are great educators & great researchers


Benefits of MERIA


  1. Participants will publish in an American/European international journal within ONE (1) year

  2. Participants will deliver a research paper in an International Conference within ONE (1) year


MERIA Faculty of Research Professors


Dr. Angappa Gunasekaran PhD (IIT)

Dean, School of Business and Public Administration (BPA), California State University, Bakersfield (USA)


Dr. Angappa Gunasekaran is Dean and Professor at the School of Business & Public Administration, California State University, Bakersfield. Prior to this, he served as Dean of the Charlton College of Business from 2013 to 2017, Chairperson of the Department of Decision and Information Sciences from 2006-2012, and the founding Director of Business Innovation Research Center (BIRC) from 2006 to 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has over 300 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He has presented about 50 papers, published 50 articles in conferences, and given a number of invited talks in many countries. He is on the editorial board of several journals. He has organized several international workshops and conferences in the emerging areas of operations management and information systems.

Dr Purnendu Mandal PhD (Bradford)

Professor, Lamar University, Texas (USA)




Dr. Purnendu Mandal is a Professor in Strategy Management and Management Information Systems at the College of Business, Lamar University, Texas USA. He also served as the Chairperson of Department of Information Systems and Analysis (2004-2008) and Director of Lamar-SAP University Alliance (2004-2008). Dr. Mandal is an educational entrepreneur and established a private training college in Texas. He serves as Emeritus Chair of International Conference on Managing the Asian Century. He is also the Series Editor of 'Managing the Asian Century', books published by Springer-Nature. Dr Mandal worked in several countries, including England, India, Australia, Singapore and USA. He is an active researcher collaborating on research projects with fellow researchers across the glove.  He published over 150 journal articles, books, conference papers and presentations. He serves in the editorial board of several international journals.

Dr John Vong PhD (Bradford)

Professor (Fmr), National University of Singapore (LKY SPP)



Dr John Vong was a Senior Adviser of IFC World Bank and UNDP. He has taught at 6 of the Top Global 100 MBA programs including Emory University (US), University Louvain (Belgium), Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), National University Singapore (Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and James Cook University Australia. He was also the Academic Director of Singapore Management University Financial IT Academy (2013-2014) and the Director, MBA Programme at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore (1994 - 1998). He serves as Conference Chair of International Conference on Managing the Asian Century. Over the years, he has written and published in 4 Springer books, 7 UNDP & 2 IFC World Bank reports and over 40 international publication.