UCSI’s Graduate Business School (GBS) Dean, Senior Professor Ts Dr Ooi Keng Boon has been elected as one of the Fellows of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) in 2021. This is a prestigious recognition of individuals with outstanding achievements and contributions.
Senior Professor Ooi was one of the 12 Fellows elected under the Social Science and Humanities discipline group for his research and knowledge contribution in the fields of business management, technology management, industrial management, and information systems.
For Senior Professor Ooi, the appointment is significant as it brings honour to the University regarding its visibility at the national level. It also signifies that UCSI is a university that emphasises teaching and impactful research.
On a personal level, Senior Professor Ooi has authored and co-authored over 100 papers in international refereed journals indexed to Clarivate Analytics-Web of Science with close to 60 percent in A/A* journals ranked by the Australian Business Deans’ Council (ABDC) in the 2019 Journal Quality List. His current Google Scholar Citation H-index is 64 (Scopus H-index = 49; Clarivate Analytics-Web of Science H-Index = 43), with over 13,000 citations based on Google Scholar received from diverse authors and journals across the fields of information technology and industrial management.
“I am constantly motivated by the quest for knowledge, which empowers me to produce quality research work. I hope that my work can contribute by providing knowledge to practitioners to overcome many social and economic barriers faced by our nation, and that gives me satisfaction,” he said.
“I want to attribute this achievement to the University which has supported me immensely throughout my research. It would not be possible without the necessary encouragement and the appropriate strategic direction given by the top management. In addition, I am thankful and forever indebted to Emeritus Professor Dr Phang Siew Moi, Professor Dato’ Dr Ahmad Ibrahim, Professor Dr Kurunathan, and Professor Dr Ong Seng Huat for all of their support during my application process for the ASM. The application would not be successful without their mentoring and encouragement,” he added.
A few of Senior Professor Ooi’s other international awards include being acknowledged as one of the Top World Authors and High Impact Researchers (ranked #6) in the topic "Technology Acceptance Model; Mobile Payment; UTAUT" by Elsevier. He has produced 22 papers in this topic between 2015 and 2020 whereby his papers have been cited over 7 times in the world average levels based on Elsevier’s Scopus and SciVal. He was ranked as the World’s Top 2% Scientists (in the field of Business and Management and under the subfields of Information Systems) by the 2019 Stanford University List.
He was also acknowledged as the World’s Most Productive Author in the field of ‘Mobile Commerce’ from 2007 to 2018 (Du and Li, 2019) based on the Web of Science database in an article entitled “The Knowledge Mapping of Mobile Commerce Research: A Visual Analysis Based on I-Model” published in the Sustainability 2019, 11(6), 1580; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11061580
As for the impact of Senior Professor Ooi’s recent achievement on GBS, he had this to say:
“The achievement will broaden my international network for future research collaboration and knowledge sharing with scholars worldwide. With this, I hope the Graduate Business School can play a more prominent role in this scientific community and lead more research and consultancy projects. At the same time, I hope that the appointment can inspire all of my colleagues at the university to follow through.”