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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Asia Pacific Business Review

For a Special Issue on
APBR East Asian Workshop 2022: Innovation and Venture Start-ups in East Asia during the Digital Era

Abstract deadline
15 May 2022

Manuscript deadline
30 September 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Biaoan Shan, Jilin University
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Chris Rowley, Oxford University
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Ingyu Oh, Kansai Gaidai University
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APBR East Asian Workshop 2022: Innovation and Venture Start-ups in East Asia during the Digital Era

APBR has hosted an East Asian workshop among Korea, Japan and China on a rotational basis for the last four years with participating institutions from each country. After a successful workshop in South Korea last year, we are happy to host a new conference this year in Jilin, China. The theme of this year’s workshop reflects the post-pandemic situation in this region: the exigent need of innovation during the digital era.

What is more salient than ever in East Asia is the economic slowdown due to market maturity and/or rapid economic development. Even in China, which has posted more than 8% GDP growth for more than two decades, sluggish growth has been noticeable especially since the 2020s. The situation in Japan and South Korea is far worse than in China, as both countries have experienced either deflations for more than three decades or economic downturns amid rising prices for more than a decade. What made the situation bleak, uncertain and even pessimistic was none other than the Covid pandemic itself that had swept through the world for the last three years. The common solution to these quandaries in East Asia requires a sweeping shift in our perspective of business management and economic growth – radical innovation through new ideas and institutions based on sustainable technologies (Weaver et al. 2017).

The digital basis of the world economy has certainly changed our views of innovation and sustainability substantially, as we rely more than ever on the digital economies to fight environmental degradations, to enhance shared economies and to facilitate the proximity of global actors of the world economy (Osburg and Lohrmann 2017). In tandem with the development of 3D printing, cloud computing, big data analytics, social media platforms, artificial intelligence and blockchains, a new wave of innovation and entrepreneurship is intensifying (Nambisan 2017; von Briel et al. 2018; Sahut et al. 2021). It is undeniable that these novel technologies have promoted our society and economy toward a ‘smarter’ system than its predecessors, enabling us to imagine a safe, progressive and sustainable world with an explosive growth of innovations and venture start-ups (Gassmann et al. 2019).

In the digital era, digital technologies facilitate data sharing and utilization (Ardito et al. 2019; Rowley 2020), key components of collaborative and symbiotic work relations within large enterprises, SMEs and start-ups. Influenced by these new technologies, innovation and start-up processes acquired the features of digitization and openness, making them far easier and fast-tracked than before (von Briel et al. 2018). Consequently, the trial-and-error costs of innovation and entrepreneurship have been lowered thanks to the big data analytics, which opened opportunities for new product or service development. Moreover, the risk of snowballing the opportunity cost has greatly been reduced.

Against this backdrop, digital innovations in East Asia usher in many theoretical conundrums, as the region is by no means universal, unanimous or predictable. While China has a mixed economy, Japan and South Korea have a full-fledged market economy making us cautious in applying market-essential theories of innovation to East Asia (Oh et al. 2005). Although the role of the state in innovation has been recognized vital in all these countries, the nature of R&D success at firm, university and national levels has all been very different from one country to another (Oh 2018; Shan and Lu 2020; Oh et al. 2021). Furthermore, the role of social networks and national culture has been multifaceted in the study of East Asian innovation (Li and Zhang 2007; Lu et al. 2021).

Therefore, this special issue wants to explore the theoretical framework of innovation and entrepreneurship in East Asia in the context of digital era. For the above purposes, we welcome research papers and case studies with ample quantitative and qualitative data. Contributors can utilize existing theories (e.g. institutional theory, social network theory, state-centred models) or develop new theories to reveal the process and mechanism of innovation and entrepreneurship in East Asia during the digital era. All papers must deal with cases from East Asia (China, South Korea, and Japan individually or comparatively). Specific topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Digital innovation and sustainability in East Asia
  • Digital innovation and the shared economy in East Asia
  • Digital innovation and entrepreneurship in East Asia
  • Theories of digital innovation and venture start-ups in East Asia
  • Digital innovation-driven innovations and start-ups
  • Business model and process innovations based on digital technologies in East Asia
  • Resource synergies in the process of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Digital innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem in East Asia

 Timelines

15 May 2022: Deadline for abstracts

30 May 2022: Acceptance of abstracts

31 July 2022: Submission of PowerPoint slides

8 August 2022: Workshop at Jilin University, Changchun, China, among invited scholars

30 September 2022: Deadline for the submission of full papers

31 October 2022: First review results

15 November 2022: Submission of revised drafts

30 November 2022: Second review results

15 December 2022: Submission of final drafts

31 December 2022: Final acceptance decisions.

Publication of Selected Papers in APBR in 2023

Submission Instructions

Special Issue Title: APBR East Asian Workshop 2022: Innovation and Venture Start-ups in East Asia during the Digital Era

Types of papers: Research papers only

Publication dates: Jan. 2023

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