(December 21, 2016) –
Dr Raymond Cheng was invited as the Keynote Speaker for ICREMSS 2016, the
2nd International Conference in Research, Education, Management and
the Social Sciences, organized by Asian Intellect and
endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines.
Nearly 200 academians from all over the Philippines attended the
conference and the topics revolved around the concept
of global and local culture as well as a number of research ideas from
a variety of perspectives. Dr Cheng also presented certificates to
paper presenters during the conference.||
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (October 22, 2016) –
On the evening of October 22, 2016, Dr Raymond Cheng was awarded
an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities during the Southwest State University (SWSU)
Graduation Ceremony 2016 held for its Asian graduates
at the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dr Cheng was nominated and selected to receive the honor for his
professional achievements and contributions to the advancement of business
and information research. The Director for International Relations, Dr. Dmitry Titov,
on behalf of SWSU, presented the honorary degree to Dr Raymond Cheng.
Established in 1964 and formerly known as the Kursk State Technical University,
SWSU is a leading Russian university located in Kursk, Russia, with 8 faculties
and a student population of over 12,000, among which more than 550 of them
are international students coming from some 87 countries. For details, see www.swsu.ru
Philippines (October 1, 2016) –
Invited by the CLSU College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA),
Dr Raymond Cheng conducted a 2-day Business Glocalization seminar for about 2,000
undergraduate and graduate students at the CLSU Auditorium.
Founded in 1907, CLSU sits on a huge 658-hectare campus in the
Muñoz (also known as the Science City of Muñoz), Nueva Ecija,
Philippines, and has a student population of over 10,000. The university
is the lead agency of the nation's science community, is the regional research
and development hub of Central Luzon, and is constantly ranked as one of
the top 10 universities in the Philippines by the Commission on
Higher Education (CHED). For more about the university, please visit
|Hong Kong (July 24, 2016) –
The University of Management and Technology (UMT)
held its 2016 Graduation Ceremony (Hong Kong) at the
Chiang Chen Studio Theatre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Two doctoral graduates, Dr Ares Cheng (see photo: first from right)
and Dr Dacon Dai (both supervised by Dr Raymond Cheng), were among
the three DBA graduates to receive their doctorate in
business administration this year (along with other 100+ UMT graduates).
Dr Ares Cheng's research was related to consumer behavior in the
local intimate apparel industry whereas Dr Dacon Dai's study was
on the employability of graduates at private higher education institutions.
Established in Virginia in 1998. UMT is
chartered by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia
(SCHEV). For details, see www.umtweb.edu
Liaoning, China (May 30, 2016) –
Accompanied by the Fushun City Secretary-General,
Dr Raymond Cheng led a 5-member delegation and paid a visit to
two partner institutions of higher education in Shenyang and Fushun,
namely, the privately-owned Shenyang Institute of Technology (SYIT)
as well as the state-run Fushun Vocational Technology Institute (FVTI)
and its affiliated Fushun TV University. The three parties agreed to research into
collaborations in co-offering educational programs in the region.
|Fushun, China (May 28, 2016) –
A delegation led by Dr Raymond Cheng (2nd from right)
visited Fushun City in the Province of Liaoning
from May 28 to May 29, 2016. The delegation was warmly welcomed by the city's
Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC) Chairman,
Zhang Min (middle), and Vice-Chairman, Huang Zhen-dong (first from left).
The CPPCC officials invited the delegation to visit the city's landmark,
Leifeng Memorial Hall, and toured its UNESCO World Heritage,
Qing Yongling (i.e. Imperial Tombs of the Qing Dynasty) in the Xinbin Manchu
|London, UK (February 20, 2016) –
As a media analyst as well as a Chartered Linguist (MCIL CL) registered with
the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL, UK), Dr Raymond Cheng was featured
in the Institute's February 2016 issue of The Linguist, 55(1), p.30.
Dr Cheng shared his vision in higher education through using the media
and divulged his plans to offer affordable education to the public.
The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) is the pre-eminent UK-based
professional membership body for language practitioners. It aims to enhance
the recognition and promote the value of languages and language skills
in the public interest. Founded in 1910, CIOL has almost 6,000 members.
For further details, please see www.ciol.org.uk
|Bath, UK (February 1, 2016) –
Bath Spa University (Bath, UK) has just appointed Dr Raymond Cheng,
Executive Director of Wyith Institute, to be the Program Director
for its Hong Kong program with effective effect. The university
is currently offering its BA(Hons) in business and management program
to students in Hong Kong and is expected to graduate its first batch
in late 2017.
Bath Spa University (BSU) is the UK's sixth biggest
provider of teacher education. With a student population of around 8,000,
BSU has been consistently ranked as one of the best creative
universities in the UK since 2012, and reularly placed among the UK's
top 80 universities. For further details, please see www.bathspa.ac.uk
|Hong Kong (November 12, 2015) –
As a continuation of the Hong Kong Fashion Week 2015,
Dr Raymond Cheng conducted another seminar at the
Hong Kong Productivity Council Building (in Kowloon Tong).
The seminar covered topics related to the packaging, pricing, and
how to deal with customer satisfaction in the shoe manufacturing business
through strategic marketing and understanding
national cultural differences.|
|Hong Kong (August 5, 2015) –
Bath Spa University (Bath, UK) launched for the first time its BA(Hons)
in business and management (Hong Kong) program in 2014 (Non-local Higher
and Professional Education, registration number 252378) and Dr Raymond Cheng
joined the teaching team the same year. He was featured, in August 2015, as one
of the most popular professors among the Hong Kong teaching team.
Bath Spa University (BSU) is a public university with multiple
campuses in Bath, England. The institution was previously known as
Bath College of Higher Education, and later Bath Spa University College.
It gained full university status in August 2005 and is the UK's sixth biggest
provider of teacher education. With a student population of around 8,000,
BSU has been consistently ranked as one of the best creative
universities in the UK since 2012, and regularly placed among the UK's
top 80 universities. For details, please see www.bathspa.ac.uk
Hong Kong (July 9, 2015) – Dr Raymond Cheng is appointed
Visiting Professor of Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST)
in Cabanatuan with immediate effect. He receives his appointment letter from
the NEUST President, Dr Hilario Ortiz, during the NEUST graduation ceremony
held for students in Hong Kong.
Established in 1908, NEUST is one of the largest state universities in
Central Luzon with 6 campuses plus 7 off-campus programs in the region
and a total enrollment of over 22,000. For further
details, please visit www.neust.edu.ph
|Hong Kong (July 8, 2015) –
Dr Raymond Cheng, the Executive Director of Wyith Institute, was invited to be
the Guest Speaker for the Hong Kong Fashion Week 2015 Seminar Series jointly
organized by the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC)
and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
His talk revolved around his research on using cultural marketing techniques
to fine tune marketing strategies and help identify and hence match
with the right customer segments for local shoe manufacturers
maintaining outlets in Mainland China. His seminar was
extremely welcomed by the participants who were all experienced
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (December 4, 2014) –
Invited by the Asia e University (AeU) in Kuala Lumpur to become
a Reader for its Industrial Doctorate (IndD) programme, Dr Raymond Cheng
visited AeU and met with its officials. He also attended
the defense of Dr TK Tan, AeU's first graduate of the IndD programme.
Supported by 34 Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) member countries as affirmed
at the ACD Ministerial Meetings held in Islamabad in 2005 and Doha in 2006,
AeU is a collaborative multinational university
established in 2006 aiming to become the prime mover of e-Education.
For details, please see www.aeu.edu.my
Cabanatuan, Philippines (November 23, 2014) –
Dr Raymond Cheng was invited to be the Resource Speaker to give a two-day
seminar on ASEAN integration at the Nueva Ecija University
of Science and Technology (NEUST) at Cabanatuan, Philippines.
The seminar, held at the 700-seat NEUST Amphitheatre, brought new
perspectives for participants in terms of how the Philippines should
face the upcoming ASEAN integration as well as the challenges of
globalization and glocalization ahead. Both the NEUST faculty members
and students, graduate and undergraduate, were deeply fascinated
by the seminar.
Established in 1908, NEUST is located in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, and
is one of the largest state universities in
in Central Luzon, the Philippines. It has 6 campuses and 7 off-campus
programs scattered around the province with a total enrollment of
over 22,000. The university has just recently celebrated its
centennial year in 2008.
For details, please visit www.neust.edu.ph
Swindon, UK (August 30, 2013) –
Following the recent FRSA award (in July 2013) in recognition
for the continuous work in the betterment of
the human society through information technology, Dr Raymond Cheng
has just received another recognition in the computing and
information technology profession – he is elected
Fellow (FBCS) of the British Computer Society, the highest member grade
the society bestows and is considered a great honor to
computer scientists and information technology professionals worldwide.
Dr Cheng joined the British Computer Society as a full member
in 2004 and is also a full member with the Institute of Electrical &
Electronics Engineers (USA) since 1992. Over the years, Dr Cheng has
received awards from major I.T. enablers like Network Solutions
(Nasdaq:NSOL) – the company behind the world's 10 million
Web addresses in the late 1990s; Melbourne IT (ASX:MLB) –
the major I.T. business in Australia operated by the
University of Melbourne; and letters of commendation from listed
conglomerates like the Hutchison Whampoa group (HKSE:0013) in Hong Kong,
as well as appreciation from NGOs like The Salvation Army,
among many others. He has also been proudly featured on CNN BizAsia.
The Fellowship of the BCS is not only a benchmark of
information technology excellence but also reflects the recipients'
significant professional contributions to the field of computing.
Established in 1957, the British Computer Society is a
professional body and a learned society that represents its 71,000+
members working in information technology both in the United Kingdom
and internationally. According to the BCS, only less than 5% of
its 71,000+ members worldwide are awarded and elevated to this
prestigious grade of membership. For details, see www.bcs.org.uk
London, UK (July 23, 2013) –
Dr Raymond Cheng has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts,
The RSA, in recognition for his continuous work in the betterment
of the human society through information technology.
"I am so grateful and thankful to the RSA as the award of the
fellowship acknowledged not only my work over the last 20 years but also
signified approval of some kind, particularly from like-minded peers from
all over the world," Dr Cheng commented. "I knew long ago that I am not
alone and there are a lot of people out there doing even much bigger things
with far greater ideas, so being officially accepted to become part of
such a huge network of these great and visionary people definitely feels
honored and privileged."
"Since 1997, I have been a convener or on boards of directors for
various voluntary projects (including different types of information
technology-related work for the local Salvation Army, the Rotary Club,
publicly-funded museums and exhibition halls for visual and
installation arts, as well as projects for other religious bodies and NGOs),
all aiming at the betterment of the human society through the
use of information technology. As a believer of the power of free
and collaborative information, I see that a better future
can be built through the free and transparent flow of information coupled
with the collective wisdom of everyone on this planet. Just as I often say,
the 'I' alone simply doesn't help much if we do not come and work together.
Now, as a new fellow of the RSA, I can foresee that I would not only meet
people with similar ambition, but could also contribute my part to help form
a larger 'we' while learning from other fellows to widen my perspectives
upon the world," he added.
Founded in 1754, The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts,
Manufactures and Commerce is often simply referred to as The Royal Society
of Arts for the sake of brevity, and its members as Fellows of the RSA (FRSA).
For details, please see www.rsa.org.uk
Above: Dr Raymond Cheng with approximately 2,000
undergraduate business students participating in his seminar at Central Luzon State University,
Muñoz, Philippines, September 30, 2016.
Recent and upcoming publications:
|| CRIMINAL JUSTICE A second perspective on the sustained anti-corruption strategy in Hong Kong
R Cheng (2017)
Journal of Education and Social Sciences (accepted, in print)
Over the years, Hong Kong has built up a clean culture and is recognized as one of the role models for fighting corruption. Syndicated and petty corruption in the public sector has become a thing of the past and irregularities in the private sector have been reduced substantially (Li, 2001). There has been radical change in the culture too, "from tolerance of corruption to clear rejection" (Chui, 2000). In fact, some of the main reasons for Hong Kong's success include (a) the creation of the unimpeachable anti-corruption agency in 1974, the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) which was established with a well-planned long-term strategy that uses a three-pronged attack on corruption via investigation, prevention and education; (b) the attention to all corruption reports; and (c) the ability to maintain confidentiality (de Speville, 1999). In addition, though compelled by public criticism, the recognition of corruption as a real problem by the then British colonial government in Hong Kong and its subsequent commitment to solving it also constituted a major factor of success (Quah, 2004). This "commitment", however, is not just one single policy or legislation, but is a whole range of various complicated administrative policies, legal initiatives, and financial tactics applied consistently and strategically over a long period of time hence effectively creating an environment "suitable for fighting corruption." In this paper, we shall review from a new strategic viewpoint the "passive commitments" of the Hong Kong colonial government in terms of (a) the local economic and social statistics for a 25-year period spanning 1967 thru 1992 and (b) the behavioral patterns and theories of people. We shall also relate the above to see how these had possibly and indirectly contributed to make corruption a low gain and high risk crime and how these had fostered the effectiveness of the corresponding legislations and helped the work of the local anti-corruption agency. Last but not the least, we will make recommendations for the future enhancement for the current Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) in its ever on-going combat against corruption by means of using the findings.
|| QUALITY RESEARCH TRENDS Quality research and cultural trends: Is there a cultural pattern that favors service quality research?
R Cheng & C Wong (2017)
International Journal of Business, Economics and Law, Volume 12 (April), Issue 3, pp.1-10
Witell, Lofgren and Dahlgaard (2013) summarized and described the time periods for quality-related researches into three noticeable phases of development, namely, Emergence (1984-1999), Exploration (2000-2008), and Explosion (2009-2012). Such a finding aligns logically with the world cultural values taken from the Inglehart-Welzel cultural map from 1981 to 2015 during which various regions of the world, in general, were all moving away from survival values and have become more self-expressive as the world economy transformed itself from industrial to post-industrial economy (Kenney, 2010, p.215). In fact, more and more researches published during the 'Explosion' period (2009-2012) were geared toward researching into intangible services – which were found to be essential in the modern, post-industrial economics system (Andrii, 2015). This paper, hence, attempted to look at such a trend to see if there are any differences between countries that are 'strong in service quality research' (or 'SERVQUAL' research) and those that are not through determining the differences between the Pearson's correlation coefficients of Hofstede's cultural dimension values (1994; 1997; 2001; 2010) for the list of top 10 countries producing the highest number of service quality related researches as per the research of Wang et al. (2015) and that of all the 70 countries studied by Hofstede. The study revealed that differences in cultural dimensions do exist and that being strong in SERVQUAL research does not necessarily mean having weak (large power distance) or dependent (collectivistic) customers.
|| LEADERSHIP & SOCIAL MEDIA Social networks and the evolution of leadership theories in the technical environment
R Cheng & W Tang (2017)
Southeast Asia Journal of Contemporary Business, Economics and Law, Volume 12 (April), Issue 3 (Economics), pp.9-17
Historically, major over-investment bubbles and their subsequent crashes often bring about profound socioeconomic changes. Leadership style also evolved so as to adopt to such change, from the Great Man Theory (Dobbins & Platz, 1986) to Leader-member Relations (LMX)(Duchon, Green & Taber, 1986). Peer-to-peer technology further expanded the scalability of the already rapidly growing computer networks (Nguyen, 2008) and fostered the adaptation of team work in the technical environment. This paper attempts to look at the evolution of social networks from the early 1980s to the present day along with the evolution of leadership theories over the last 20 years. It is found that there are striking similarities between leadership theories in the technical environment and the advancement of social networks.
|| LANGUAGE & SOCIETY Journal paper review: "A corpus driven study of the potential for vocabulary learning through watching movies" - From incidental vocabulary learning to social development
R Cheng, R Reyes-Moralde & I Ng (2017)
Journal of Education and Social Sciences, Volume 6 (February), Issue 2, pp.251-262
This review paper attempts to justify and investigate from a different perspective the postulate that there is potential for significant incidental vocabulary learning by watching movies regularly over time. Our paper revealed that such a valuable and incidental learning experience could in fact be slowly fading as our forthcoming generations may no longer appreciate or become unaware of the very moments of those ad hoc, instant and intuitive learning experiences that were once known to the many past generations as incidental and natural as the newer generation's attention span shortens. Those who would, on the contrary, generally come from less developed or developing countries where contact with the English-speaking world is relatively limited.
|| FREEDOM OF SPEECH What does the Inglehart-Welzel cultural map tell us about the freedom of Hong Kong?
R Cheng, AH Yau & S Ho (2016)
Southeast Asia Journal of Contemporary Business, Economics and Law, Volume 11 (December), Issue 3 (Economics), pp.8-15
Hong Kong's press freedom score has been declining over the last 10 years, from #28 in 2005 to some #41 in 2015. Some attributed this to the 'rapidly narrowing' space for free speech since the city was returned to China in 1997. By qualitatively looking at previous landmark court cases and high profile rulings related to areas like the freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and the right of abode, this review paper attempts to find out if the Inglehart-Welzel cultural values (recorded over the last 20 years) could help explain the current situation in Hong Kong and what insights, via this new perspective, could possibly be derived.
|| PRODUCTION QUALITY How product attributes affect KPI: A case study of a 500-worker metal stamping factory in People's Republic of China
R Cheng & P Li (2016)
International Journal of Business, Economics and Law, Volume 11 (December), Issue 2, pp.16-25
Decoene and Bruggeman (2006) suggested the use of balanced scorecard to help align business strategy with managers' motivation in measuring performance yet such an idea could only work for large enterprises because 'substantial barriers to strategic performance management' do exist for SMEs (Hudson, Smart, & Bourne, 2001) and that 'actionable knowledge' could be hard to acquire when performance for SMEs in itself can already be difficult to measure (Meyer, 2005). This paper, hence, proposed measuring a list of standardized and easy-to-measure KPIs as well as some simple attributes of the products to see if there is any relationship between them. Data were recorded from a relatively small-scale, traditional 500-worker metal stamping factory in China over a period of 9 months (involving 98 shipments of approximately 250,000 pieces of finished products). The results showed that product attributes such as size, complexity (and hence allocation of manpower and production time), pricing and order types (e.g. new vs. repeat orders, urgency of order, etc.) could affect various standard KPIs like defect rates, yield losses, productivity, worker efficiency, etc.
|| PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION A historical review of administrative thoughts from a cultural perspective
R Cheng & I Macapagal (2016)
International Journal of Business, Economics and Law, Volume 11 (December), Issue 3, pp.19-26
Administrative thought is always in a state of continuous change, evolution and adaptation as it has to 'grow' to 'catch up' with the society together with its ever-changing challenges. Dwight Waldo, the prominent American academic figure in public administration, argued in 1947 that the then current administrative theories and thoughts actually grew and evolved since the industrial revolution from the nineteenth-century (McCurdy & Rosenbloom, 2006, p.207). As the society developed from one that was generally moral-based which depended heavily on farming, that is, an agrarian society, to an industrialized nation, productivity of human beings were reorganized and a wide range of resources was redistributed on such an enormous scale never seen before and therefore corresponding updates and changes of organizational bureaucracy in the management of people and production was therefore required. But did these really contributed solely to the evolution of administrative thoughts? This review paper aims to provide an alternative historical review of the core administrative thoughts since the time of Woodrow Wilson to the heterodoxy (circa 1970) of public administration from the feminine and the media cultural perspective – perspectives that most literature review on the subject seems to have ignored.
|| VOTING BEHAVIOR Voters versus the corpus of fictional President of the United States
R Cheng (2015)
Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (JSSH), Volume 23, July 2015 (Special Issue), pp.85-112, Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Voting behaviour changes over time and voters today are no longer loyal to traditional 'political brands'. This paper, hence, try to explore, through constructing 'action corpora' using novels, movies and TV dramas from the last 50 years (1960-2012) relating to fictional US presidents to see what the mass media have been conveying to the public subconsciously over time. How did the powerful media bias right before elections could have caused vote swings?
|| ENVIRONMENT & SOCIETY Too much water or too few drops?
R Cheng & M Ma (2015)
Proceedings of the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies (APCSEET), July 2-5, 2015, University of Seoul, Republic of Korea
This paper studied and recorded the actual implementation of the Hong Kong Tuen Mun Highway Green Roof Project (covering some 14,000 square meters – the largest green roof project in Asia completed in 2013) in which driplines were installed (with solar wireless automatic irrigation system) and the respective water consumption was monitored for a period of 36 consecutive months. In order to understand the actual public response of the project, the paper combined corpus linguistics methods with engineering techniques to help us understand the difference between the response (in terms of public acceptance) from the perspective of corporate citizenship and the engineering facts (in terms of the actual water saving) from the angle of the pragmatic green-city conservationist.
|| LANGUAGE & BUSINESS Business pragmatics: Why are we being polite?
R Cheng (2015)
International Journal of Business, Economics and Law, Volume 6 (April), Issue 2, pp.27-32
Politeness in business has become more of a forced phenomenon of mutual concession, a pragmatic means to an end, or even a new form of reciprocal comity resulting from the inevitable mutual co-existence and quests for sustainability of nations, let alone international trade and relations. But when did politeness escape from the self and evolved to become a business phenomenon?
|| NUTRITION Caffeine in pre-packaged tea leaves: A food labelling concern
C Wong, R Cheng & H Man (2014)
Journal of Hong Kong Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences (HKIMLS) 2013-2014, Volume 14, Issue 1 & 2, pp.59-70
This paper aims to determine the caffeine content of prepackaged brands of tea leaves available in the market via the HPLC-PDA method. Prepackaged tea leaves including white, black, oolong, green and pu-erh were examined. Using the Agilent TC-C18 column, caffeine contents in the tea leaves were studied via reversed-phase HPLC with a wavelength setting of 280 nm. Samples were isocratically eluted with a mobile phase consisting of 1% acetic acid and acetonitrile in the ratio of 8:2 with a flow rate of 1.0mL/min. Extraction of caffeine in boiling water was performed to mimic the real-life situation of tea drinking. Results showed that the caffeine content we found ranged from 13mg/g (or 13,000ppm) to 38mg/g (or 38,000ppm), way beyond the 200ppm US FDA regulatory standard.