Shinawatra University Ranks 7th in Thailand for Peer Reviewing

One important way to measure the academic quality of a university is through the willingness and ability of its faculty members to conduct anonymous peer reviews. Currently, Shinawatra University ranks 7th in Thailand in this regard (https://publons.com/institution/?country=126&order_by=total_merit).

The Publons website ranks universities according to a points system which shows a top ten of:

  1. Khon Kaen     1,390
  2. Chulalongkorn 1,204
  3. Mahidol          1,001
  4. Assumption    455
  5. Walailak          366
  6. Srinakhinwirot    265
  7. Shinawatra        195
  8. Kasetsart             157
  9. Chiang Mai         128
  10. Rangsit               126

No doubt other ranking systems exist but I’m going with this one.

 

Journal of Shinawatra University, Vol.2, No.2 (2015)

This is the table of contents for the Vol.2, No.2 issue of the Journal of Shinawatra University (which has suffered delays in production for various reasons):

Journal of Shinawatra University

Volume 2, Number 2, May-Aug, 2015

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction

Invited Paper: Andrew Elliott: Measuring the Internationalisation of Higher Education in Thailand: Milestones, Methods, Models and Mapping

Peer Reviewed Papers

  1. Professional Women Working for MNCs: Why Are There So Few? – Sabine Menon
  2. Exploring Contribution of Spiritual and Emotional Intelligences (SI & EI) of young Management Graduates to responsible Business Leadership – Himanshi Tiwari
  3. Socio-Economic Opportunities for Rural People of Myanmar: Evidence from a Government Credit Scheme in Mandalay Region – Myo Naing Aung
  4. Study on the accounting personnel selection system in the computerization environment in China – Liu Xiaodong and Li Yang

Book Reviews

Being and Event – Alain Badiou, by John Walsh

Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life – Eric Hobsbawm, by John Walsh

The Chiang Tung Wars: War and Politics in Mid-19th Century Siam and Burma – John Sterling Forssen Smith, by John Walsh

General Editorial Policies                                      

International Police Executives Symposium, 2015

IMG_1951

I have returned now from the International Police Executives Symposium (IPES), held at the Ravindra Resort in Pattaya, which we were involved in hosting. It was the 26th meeting of the conference and it seemed to go smoothly and delegates all seemed to be satisfied.

IMG_1932

The Royal Thai Police Band was part of the official delegation from the Royal Thai Police, including VIP guests and keynote speakers.

We offered five presentations from Shinawatra University, which were as follows:

An Analysis of the Language Abilities and Needs of the Thai Tourism Police Force

Tourism is one of Thailand’s most important industries and many millions of visitors arrive each year. Inevitably, a proportion of those visitors will require interactions with the police for one reason or another and a designated Thai tourism police force has been established. In order for successful interaction to take place, communication must be possible and this requires the police officers to have some language skills, since few visitors speak Thai well. However, the Thai educational system is known to be very poor in providing language skills among the young people of the country and so additional training is required for the necessary level to be achieved. This paper reports on quantitative research that explores the needs for language skills among the Thai tourist police and the current level of ability. The gap between the two is identified and suggestions made as to how it can be filled.

Keywords: communication, language ability, language needs, police, Thailand

John Walsh and Wilaiporn Lao-Hakosol, Shinawatra University, Thailand

Gender Relations and Issues in the Thai Police Force

Women are increasingly important members of police forces around the world. Their role is increasingly valued for the provision of emotional labour and because they are less likely to overstep the limits of what is permitted in conflict situations. Yet female police officers remain comparatively low in numbers, in Thailand as well as elsewhere, and face the career constraints of being restricted to a relatively limited rage of specialty positions and departments. This paper reports on a programme of qualitative research with female police officers in various elements of the Thai police force and describes the issues and problems that they face with respect to career progression, work-life balance, gender relations in the workplace and their relationship with the general public. The findings are set in the context of the perceptions of women from other police forces around the world and in other organizations.

Keywords: gender relations, Thailand, women, work-life balance, workplace relations

Lavanchawee Sujarittanonta and John Walsh, Shinawatra University, Thailand

An Assessment of the IT Capabilities of the Thai Police Force

Police work increasingly relies on adequate IT capabilities in terms of investigation, communication, workplace practices and all aspects of organization of information. The increasing need for transparency and accountability in policing is being met by the routinization of the use of IT equipment in the pursuit of duties. Officers also need to be aware of the ways in which people produce and consume media and social media so as to understand the ways in which people communicate with each other, the interaction between such communications and changing legal requirements and the extent to which it is possible and legal to monitor interpersonal communications and those communications which are published on the internet. Developing these capabilities, in terms of technical skills, awareness of the legal framework and the possession of the necessary equipment and its maintenance, is a complex and expensive task and, thus, poses a challenge to public sector organizations during a period of global economic crisis and fierce competition for scarce resources. This paper uses secondary data to identify the nature of IT requirements in contemporary police forces and uses this to estimate the needs within the Thai police force. Primary research is then used to compare the actual availability of these resources and then priorities are suggested for addressing the gaps thereby identified.

Keywords: information technology, social media, Thailand,

Chanya Pokasoowan, Tuaranin Khamrin and John Walsh, Shinawatra University, Thailand

Police Job Profiles and the Police Reform Process

When considering the issue of the reforms necessary to (re)create a police force suitable for the contemporary world, the issue of job profiles or job specifications is a central issue. A job profile is the combination of relevant skills, knowledge, activities and behaviours that a police officer is required to have to fulfill that officer’s duties. Clearly, such a profile will evolve over the course of time, vary according to the specialty involved and need to reflect location-specific conditions. Numerous attempts have been made to define appropriate models for creating profiles, while much effort has been expended on trying to identify the most suitable collection of abilities and competencies required for specific police services. This paper surveys the literature in this regard with a view to identifying salient features for a range of job profiles to be used in the context of Thailand in the current social and technological environment. To do so, it is necessary to provide an analysis of the relevant characteristics of Thai society at the current time and this is also provided. Finally, the paper considers the differences between the ways in which job profiles are currently developed and what the review of the literature and relation with the local environment indicates would be appropriate.

Keywords: job profiles, police, police reform, technology, Thailand

Voradej Chandarasorn and John Walsh, Shinawatra University, Thailand

Police Wages and Workplace Conditions in Southeast Asia

Wages and workplace conditions are important considerations when it comes to attracting high quality personnel into a particular industry. According to the literature, provision of a suitably high level of compensation also has implications for the integrity of individuals. As policing becomes more complex, with greater need for use and understanding of information technology, transnational crime and the greater flows that will be possible under the ASEAN Economic Community, it will be increasingly important to attract and retain highly talented individuals. One of the first steps to understanding the relative attractiveness of police work as a career is to compare wages and workplace conditions not only with other professions in the country but also with the situations in neighbouring countries, since it is evident that there is a positive correlation between salary and the perception of the status inherent within a career. Consequently, this paper examines the various compensation packages available to police officers across a range of ranks and with a variety of job profiles across the Southeast Asian region of ten nations. This analysis is then linked with the perception of police officers in the different states concerned and some implications are drawn from the analysis and recommendations provided.

Keywords: police, Southeast Asia, status, wages

Chanchai Bunchapattanasakda and John Walsh, Shinawatra University, Thailand

Some of the papers actually varied from these published abstracts as my ability to find relevant information meant other subjects became more practicable.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Communication in the Era of the ASEAN Economic Community

SIU-AEC

Announcing: Walsh, John, ed., Proceedings of the International Conference on Communication in the Era of the ASEAN Economic Community (Bangkok: Shinawatra University Press, 2014).

This is from the conference that we successfully organized on Thursday and Friday, 18th-19th, 2014. Many of the full-text papers will be submitted to the peer reviewing processes of our two academic journals, The SIU Journal of Management and the Journal of Shinawatra University.

A conference report will appear in the Vol.4, No.2 (December, 2014) issue

Journal of Shinawatra University Vol.1, No2 (May-Aug, 2014) Published

IMG_1488

The second issue of the Journal of Shinawatra University has now been published. Here is the table of contents:

Journal of Shinawatra University, Volume 1 Number 2 | May-Aug. 2014

 Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction                                              2

Invited Paper

A Tale of Two Cities                                               8

Cornelis Reiman

Peer Reviewed Papers

  1. Assignment of HR Responsibility to Line Management for
    Organizational Performance: Nepalese Reality                      33
    Dhruba Kumar Gautam
  2. Development of the Education System in Bhutan                   67
    Sonam Dolkar Penjore and Robert Kirkpatrick
  3. English Language Needs of Nurses at Pathumthani Hospital:
    Results of a Quantitative Survey                                             81
    Puangtip Chaiphibalsarisdi, Steven McKee and Palphol Rodloytuk
  4. Economic Interactions between Malay Thais and Buddhist Thais in
    the Southern Border Region of Thailand                                99
    Sittichai Anantarangsi
  5. Understanding Investors’ Perceptions towards Prevailing Corporate
    Reporting Practices in India                                                   117
    Amit Sinha
  6. Ways to Win in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region: a Practical Guide
    for Latin American Entrepreneurs and Investors                   136
    Nancy Huyen Nguyen and Suzana Bandeira
  1. Food Grain Logistics in India: The Multimodal Supply Chain with
    National Waterways 3                                                           152
    C.T. Sunil Kumar
  2. Excellence in a Borderless World: Evidence from Pune
    Auto-Components SMEs                                                      182
    Mukund Deshpande and Neeta Baporikar

Research Note

Integration of Nuclear Technology and Behavioral Science for
Development of Nuclear Energy Management Curriculum in Thailand     196  Vutthi Bhanthumnavin and Duchduen Bhanthumnavin

 Book Reviews

The ‘Bare Life’ of Thai Migrant Workmen in Singapore
by Pattana Kitiarsa                                                                               207
Reviewed by John Walsh                                         

Preah Vihear: A Guide to the Thai-Cambodian Conflict and Its Solutions
by Charnvit Kasetsiri, Pou Sothirak and Pavin Chachavalpongpun     210
Reviewed by John Walsh                                            

Asian Water Development Outlook 2013: Measuring Water Security
in Asia and the Pacific by the Asian Development Bank and
Asia-Pacific Water Forum: Manila, 2013                                             212
Reviewed by John Walsh                                         

General Editorial Policies                                                               215

Please let me know how many copies you would like to buy (200 baht a pop).

Communication in the Era of the ASEAN Economic Community

Communication in the Era of the ASEAN Economic Community

An International Workshop to be held at Shinawatra University, December 18th-19th, 2014

Location: BBD Building, 197, Viphawadi-Rangsit Road, Bangkok 10400.

Keynote speakers: TBA

Sponsored by: TBA

In the age of regional integration in both the social and economic spheres, communication skills and strategy have become even more central to ensuring competitiveness, employability and standards of living. Yet many institutions, companies and individuals remain unaware of these developments and unable to deal with them. This conference will help to identify the changes coming to the ASEAN region with respect to communications in a range of diverse fields and help to establish a research agenda aimed at addressing gaps in knowledge and competencies. It will be of great interest to all members of the region, in both the private and public sectors.

We look forward to welcoming you to Shinawatra University.

Call for Papers

Papers will be accepted in any field of communications, including but not limited to the following:

  • Public administration and communications
  • Marketing communications
  • Management communications
  • Project communications
  • Communications theory
  • Journalism
  • International communications
  • Intercultural communications
  • Language teaching and study
  • Internal communications
  • Social media communications
  • Technology and communications
  • Communications and society

Abstracts should be received by October 31st, 2014 and full papers are due by November 30st, 2014. Abstracts and papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be eligible for publication in the Journal of Shinawatra University, the SIU Journal of Management or a special issue of another international academic journal.

Papers may be submitted in English or Thai languages.

Please contact Conference Organiser John Walsh (jcwalsh@siu.ac.th) for any further details or queries.

Registration Fee (includes two lunches, tea and coffee breaks, conference materials):

General public and academic presenters: 1500 baht

Students: 1000 baht

Proceedings of the 1st Shinawatra University International Conference: Public and Private Sectors: Governance Development and Innovation, January 30-31st, 2013

IMG_1391

Announcing: Walsh, John, Proceedings of the 1st Shinawatra University International Conference: Public and Private Sectors: Governance Development and Innovation, January 30-31st, 2013 (Bangkok: Shinawatra University Press, 2014).

These are for sale at all good bookshops. Well, at the library in any case.