Dr. Pauline Ho Poh Ling

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy 
Curtin University, Australia

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
Curtin University, Australia

Master of Commerce (Accounting)
Charles Sturt University, Australia

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance)
University of Western Australia, Australia


Professional Certifications

CPA Australia
Membership No. 1853658
1996 – current

Malaysian Institute of Accountants
Membership No. 12150
1997 – current


Office No.

+60 85 443939 ext. 3014





Room No.

No. 59, Row 4


Employment History

  1. Associate Professor, Accounting
    Department of Accounting
    Faculty of Business
    Curtin University, Malaysia
    1999 – Present
  2. Bank Officer
    Corporate and Investment Department
    Arab Malaysian Merchant Bank Berhad
    1996 – 1998
  3. Auditor
    1993 – 1996


Unit Taught

  1. ACCT 2005 Financial Accounting
  2. ACCT 2004 Company Accounting
  3. TAXA 2000 Introduction to Australian Tax Law


Research Interests

  1. Corporate Sustainability Disclosure
  2. Corporate Governance
  3. Entrepreneurship


Research Grants

  1. Development of Sarawak e-AgriFinance in Transforming Agricultural Sector; Sarawak Multimedia Authority; RM300,000. Role: Chief Investigator. Period: November 2018 – October 2020.
  2. Information-Seeking Behaviour of the Rural Dwellers in the Digital Age: The Savolainen’s Model; Fnndamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) from Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, RM75,000. Role: Co-investigator. Period: January 2019 – December 2020.
  3. Behaviour of Stakeholders in Separating Food Waste at Source; Miri City Council; RM50,000. Role: Chief Investigator. Period: July 2016 – June 2018. 
  4. Entrepreneurial Orientation of Small and Medium Sized Practices in Malaysia; Faculty of Business, Curtin University Malaysia; RM8,000. Role: Co-investigator. Period: October 2016 – September 2017. 
  5. A Dynamic General Equilibrium Model to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Malaysian Agriculture Sector; Fundamental Research Grants Scheme (FRGS) from Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia; RM50,000. Role: Co-investigator. Period: July 2016 – June 2018. 
  6. Sustainable Development: A Case Study of Miri City Council’s Green Initiative; Miri City Council; RM30,000. Role: Chief Investigator. Period: 2012 – 2013. 
  7. Sustainability Environmental Disclosure by Malaysian Public Listed Companies: A Longitudinal Study; Curtin Sarawak Research Cluster Fund, Curtin University, Malaysia; RM19,000. Role: Chief Investigator. Period: 2012 – 2017. 
  8. The Influence of Macro-Environmental Forces on Transport Sustainability in Malaysia; East Asia Development Network, Individual Research Grant of US$9,500.00. Role: Co-investigator. Period: 2011 – 2012. 
  9. Enhancing Corporate Governance Structure for Greater Voluntary Disclosure: Malaysian Evidence; East Asia Development Network, Individual Research Grant of US$10,000.00. Role: Chief Investigator. Period: 2010 – 2011.


Research Publication

Journal Articles

  1. Jong, L., and Ho, P.L. (2018). Inside the family firms: The impact of family and institutional ownership on executive remuneration. Cogent Economics and Finance, 6(1),  1-16. doi: 10.1080/23322039.2018.1432095
  2. Fauzi, F., Basyith, A., and Ho, P.L. (2017). Women on boardroom: Does it create risk?. Cogent Economics and Finance, 5(1), 1-14. doi: 10.1080/23322039.2017.1325117
  3. Aripin, N., Ho, P.L., and Tower, G. (2014). The masters’ control: How ownership structure influences the communication of financial ratios. Asian Journal of Business and Accounting, 7(2), 45-69.
  4. Ho, P.L., and Taylor, G. (2014). The impact of governance and ownership structure on disclosure patterns transcending major regulatory change in Malaysia. Corporate Ownership and Control, 12(1), 8-30. doi: 10.22495/cocv12i1p8
  5. Shamil, M.M., Shaikh, J., Ho, P.L., and Krishnan, A. (2014). The influence of board characteristics on sustainability reporting: Empirical evidence from Sri Lankan firms. Asian Review of Accounting, 22(2), 78-97. doi: 10.1108/ARA-09-2013-0060
  6. Ho, P.L., Tower, G., and Taylor, G. (2013). Corporate governance, ownership structure and voluntary disclosure: Evidence from listed firms in Malaysia. Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting, 3(4), 319-340. doi: 10.1504/AAJFA.2013.056995
  7. Ho, P.L., and Taylor, G. (2013). Corporate governance and different types of voluntary disclosure: Evidence from Malaysian listed firms. Pacific Accounting Review, 25(1), 4-29. doi: 10.1108/01140581311318940
  8. Ho, P.L., Aripin, N., and Tower, G. (2012). Corporate governance failure to influence the communication of key financial data over turbulent times. Journal of Applied Management Accounting Research, 10(1), 35-52.
  9. Ho, P.L., and Tower, G. (2011). Ownership structure and voluntary disclosure in corporate annual reports of Malaysian listed firms. Corporate Ownership and Control, 8(2), 296-313.

Conference Papers

  1. Jong, L., and Ho, P.L. (2019). The influence of family and independent directors on executive remuneration: Evidence from Malaysian listed family firms.” Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics Symposium, Putrajaya, Malaysia. 7-9 January.
  2. Jong, L., and  Ho, P.L.  (2017). Board composition and executive directors’ remuneration in Malaysian listed family companies.” Conference Proceedings, AFAANZ Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 2-4 July.
  3. Jong, L., and Ho, P.L.  (2016). Whose voice in determining executive remuneration in Malaysian listed family firms?” 17th FOURA Conference on Accounting in Developing Economies: Ethical, Regional and Contextual Issues, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 20-22 November.
  4. Phua, M., and Ho, P.L. (2016). Female directors on corporate boards: Does female leadership drive corporate environmental transparency?, SHS Web of Conferences, 34, The 17th Annual Conference of the Asian Academic Accounting Association, Malaysia, 20-22 November.  doi: 10.1051/shsconf/20173405002
  5. Ho, P.L., Goi, C.L., Lew, T.Y., Tang, F.E., and Ho, C. (2015). Stakeholder response to say not to plastic bags campaign. Conference Proceedings, Pan-Pacific Conference XXXII in Hanoi, Vietnam, 1-4 June.
  6. Junaidi, H., Shaikh, J., Ho, P.L., Khadaroo, M.I., and Yahya, A. (2015). Transition towards accrual accounting and disclosure requirements: A conceptual study, International Conference on Accounting Studies (ICAS) 2015, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 17-20 August.
  7. Jong, L., Ho, P.L., and Krishnan, A. (2014). Ownership structure and executive remuneration: An empirical study of Malaysian listed family firms. Conference Proceedings, 2014 APJAE Symposium on Environmental, Social and Governance Issues in the Asia Pacific Region in Hong Kong, 35 December.
  8. Lew, T.Y., Goi, C.L., and Ho, P.L. (2013). Low carbon cities framework – the way forward for green and sustainable city: A case in Miri. Conference Proceedings, 3rd International Conference on Business and Economics in Brunei, 28-29 September.
  9. Shamil, M.M.M., Shaikh, J.M., Ho, P.L., and Krishnan, A. (2012). The relationship between corporate sustainability and corporate financial performance: A conceptual review. Conference Proceedings, USM-AUT International Conference 2012 Sustainable Economic Development: Policies and Strategies in Penang, Malaysia, 17-18 November.
  10. Ho, P.L., and Goi, C.L. (2012). Enhancing corporate governance structure for greater voluntary disclosures. Conference Proceedings, 13th Annual Conference Asian Academic Accounting Association, Kyoto, Japan, 9-12 November 2012.
  11. Ho, P.L., Aripin, N., and Tower, G. (2010). Determinants of communication of key financial data in Malaysian listed firms. Conference Proceedings, 2010 AFAANZ Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 4-6 July.


Research Supervision 

On-going Supervision

  1. Janet Lee Von (MPhil)
    Informal entrepreneurship and transition into formal entrepreneurship
    Date of supervision: March 2018 – now
  2. Ivy Hii (PhD)
    Determinants of risky assets investment
    Date of supervision: March 2017 – now
  3. Jennifer Chong (MPhil)
    Environmental disclosure and board diversity in Malaysian listed companies
    Date of supervision: December 2016 – now
  4. Mathew Alappatt (PhD)
    International Accounting Standard adoption and corporate reporting quality: A study on selected Australian listed companies
    Date of supervision: February 2012 – now

Completed Supervision

  1. Jong Ling (PhD)
    Executive remuneration of listed family companies in Malaysia
    Date of supervision: March 2014 – July 2018 [Completed PhD on 27 July 2018]
  2. Michelle Phua (MPhil)
    Determinants of board gender diversity on environmental disclosure in Malaysian listed firms
    Date of supervision: December 2013 – 15 April 2016 [Completed and Passed MPhil Thesis]


Examiner of Doctorate Dissertation

Corporate governance and expropriation of Malaysian listed construction companies

Date: December 2014 – March 2015


Reviewer of Academic Journal 

Accounting Research Journal

Date: March 2016


Pacific Accounting Review

Date: October 2015


Asian Academy of Management Journal of Accounting and Finance

Date: 2014


Professional Membership 

CPA with CPA (Australia), membership since 1996

Chartered Accountant with Malaysian Institute of Accountants, membership since 1995


Teaching Award 

The Golden Globe Tiger Award 2017 for Outstanding Contribution to Education


Updated on: 11 January 2019

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