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Journal of Asian Public Policy

Special Issue on Social Entrepreneurship in Context

Journal of Asian Public Policy

Journal of Asian Public Policy is abstracted and indexed in the Bibliography of Asian Studies, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, the International Political Science Abstracts, Public Affairs Information Service and Scopus.

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Deadline: 30 October 2019

We encourage academics to further explore the role of context in social entrepreneurship research in Asia. Social entrepreneurs can include individuals in the community, business people and government officials who are adopting a social entrepreneurial mindset to solve social problems or seeking to create social impact.

Research papers should be theory-driven with novel empirical content. Use of case studies, historical analyses and comparative analyses is strongly encouraged. Empirical work using surveys, experiments and big data is also welcome.

The special issue seeks to advance scholarly understanding of social entrepreneurship in the Asia Pacific context. Social entrepreneurship, as the application of commercial logic to create social value (Dacin et al., 2011; Doherty et al., 2014), has been gaining prominence in the Asia Pacific region over the past several decades (Kerlin, 2017; Chandra & Wong, 2016). This can be seen in the increasing number of academic exchanges, forums and conferences, as well as scholars doing work in the field in this region. Social entrepreneurship can be seen as a mindset as well as a specific tool that can emerge in the community, business and government sectors – a broadened view that may spark new ways of understanding the phenomenon.

Despite the burgeoning interest, systematic research on social entrepreneurship remains dominated by those from Western institutions and political systems. We know little about how context plays a role in shaping the practices, discourses and policies of social entrepreneurship in the Asia Pacific region. For instance, does social entrepreneurship exert a policy influence on the government in Asia (or vice versa)? What is the role of Asia’s politics, religion/religiosity, culture and language on the practice of social entrepreneurship? What kinds of policies have been detrimental (as well as constructive?) in influencing the growth of social entrepreneurship in Asia? These are only some of the interesting questions that have yet to receive systematic investigation.

Submission guidelines

Authors are encouraged to begin the submission process by providing a 200-word abstract indicating the substantive topic of their paper and the methodology (and findings for completed papers). Abstracts should be provided by 30 April 2019 to Yanto Chandra (yanto.chandra@polyu.edu.hk) and Janelle Kerlin (jkerlin@gsu.edu).

Upon review of abstracts, select authors will be encouraged to develop and submit a full manuscript for peer review by 30 October 2019.

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Chandra, Y., & Wong, L (Eds.). Social Entrepreneurship in the Greater China Region: Policy and Cases. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Dacin, M. T., Dacin, P. A., & Tracey, P. (2011). Social entrepreneurship: A critique and future directions. Organization Science, 22(5), 1203-1213.

Doherty, B., Haugh, H., & Lyon, F. (2014). Social enterprises as hybrid organizations: A review and research agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 16(4), 417-436.

Kerlin, J.A. (2017). Shaping Social Enterprise: Understanding Institutional Context and Influence. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publisher.