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Associate Professor

Yanto Chandra is Associate Professor at the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Dr Chandra’s research focuses on social entrepreneurship, social innovation, impact investment, and nonprofits particularly their strategy, governance, measurements and their interactions with the public and social policy contexts. Methods of interest include computer-aided text analysis, corpus linguistics, text mining, and data science using R.

His research has been published in reputable journals, including World Development, Journal of Business Venturing, VOLUNTAS, Social Enterprise Journal, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, and Journal of International Business Studies, among others. He edited ‘Social Entrepreneurship in the Greater China Region: Policy and Cases’, the first official book on the topic (with foreword written by Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong). He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and also serves on the Editorial Board of Social Enterprise Journal. Among other awards, Dr Chandra was the recipient of Outstanding Paper Award 2010 by Emerald Publisher and the Winners of the CityU Teaching Excellence Award 2016 and Teaching Innovation Award 2017.

Prior to coming to Hong Kong, he was Assistant Professor in the Marketing & Strategy Department at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). Prior to these, he worked for nearly 7 years in multinational firms including HSBC and Arthur Andersen - in Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta.

Office: YEUNG-B7326
Phone: +852 3442 2403
Fax: +852 3442 0413
Email: ychandra@cityu.edu.hk
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Research Project:

Hong Kong UGC General Research Fund (GRF) Grant: “Public administration research and real-world problems: Topic modelling the changing landscape” (Co-I, HK$494,492; 2018-2021; PI: Professor Richard Walker).

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund (SIE Fund) Research Grant: “Mapping the Best Practices in Social Innovation Development” (PI, HK$397,500, 2017 to 2019). SIE Fund is managed by The Secretary of Home Affairs and The Efficiency Unit (highly competitive external grant).

Hong Kong UGC General Research Fund (GRF) Grant: “The Mechanisms of Performance in Social Enterprises” (PI, HK$369,300; 2016-2019).
Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation (CCKF) Research Grant: “Unpacking the Management Practices of Chinese Social Enterprises” (PI, US$42,000 or circa HK$330,000; 2016-2019).

Hong Kong UGC KT Earmarked Fund: “Key Factors of Successfully Operating Social Enterprises: An Analysis of and Dissemination to the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Sector” (Co-I, HK$151,000, 2017-2018; PI: Professor Sidney Leung)

Hong Kong UGC T&L Grant: “Transforming Science and Engineering Talents into Technopreneurs: Hong Kong as a Technology Dragon” (Co-Leader, HK$999,000, 2017-2019; Leader: Dr Derek Ho).

CityU Strategic Research Grant: “Status Signaling, Cognitive Media Effects, and Acquisition: A Study of Seasoned Equity Offerings in China” (Co-I: 2015-2017. PI: Prof William Wan).

CityU StartUp Grant: "Change Making Rhetoric for Public Benefit: How For-Profit Social Enterprises Pursue Multiple Goals and Redefine Success" (PI, HKD200,000; 2015-2017).

Li & Fung Foundation Grant. “Service Leadership Initiative” (current PI, HK$4,591,692; 2012 – 2018).
Li & Fung Foundation Grant. “Social Entrepreneurship” (current PI, HK$1,599,800;  2012 – 2017).


Chandra, Y., & Walker, R.M. How Does a Seminal Article in Public Administration Diffuse and Influence the Field? Bibliometric Methods and the Case of Hood’s “A Public Management For All Seasons?” (Forthcoming in International Public Management Journal, IF: 2.739)

Chandra, Y. (2018). New Narratives of Development Work? Making Sense of Social Entrepreneurs' Development Narratives across Time and Economies. World Development, 107: 306-326 (IF: 2.848).

Chandra, Y. (2018). Entrepreneurial Rehabilitation: The Promise of Social Entrepreneurship in Disengaging Religious Terrorists. In Gunaratna, R., & Muhammad Hussin, SB. (Eds.). Rehabilitation: A Game Changer in Fighting Terrorism. Routledge Taylor & Francis Asia Pacific.

Chandra, Y. (2018). Mapping the Evolution of Entrepreneurship as a Field of Research (1990-2013): A Scientometric Analysis. PLoS ONE 13(1): e0190228 (IF: 2.806)

Chandra, Y. (2017). Social Entrepreneurship as Emancipatory Work. Journal of Business Venturing, 32(6), 657-673 (IF: 5.774).

Chandra, Y., & Shang, L. (2017). Unpacking the Biographical Antecedents of the Emergence of Social Enterprises: A Narrative Perspective. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 28(6): 2498-2529.

Chandra, Y., & Wilkinson, I. (2017). Firm Internationalization from a Network-Centric Complex-Systems Perspective. Journal of World Business, 52(5), 691-701. (IF: 3.758).

Chandra, Y., & Shang, L. (2017). Social Enterprise as a Mechanism of Youth Empowerment. Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, 51 (1/2): 115-144.

Chandra, Y (2018). Social Enterprise for the Visually Impaired: Voices from Within. International Journal of Disability and Human Development (forthcoming).

Chandra, Y (with Hayllar, M., Wong, L., Lau, M., Yu, E., Leung, JYH., and Ma, TKW) (2018). Service Leadership Education at City University of Hong Kong. International Journal of Disability and Human Development (forthcoming).
Hayllar, M., Wong, L., Chandra, Y., Lau, M., Yu, E., Leung, JYH., and Ma, TKW. (2018). Service leadership education at City University of Hong Kong. In Shek, DTL., Chung, P., Lin, L., and Merrick, J (Eds.). Service Leadership Education for University Students. Nova Science Publisher, New York.

Chandra, Y. (2017). A Time-Based Process Model of International Entrepreneurial Opportunity Evaluation. Journal of International Business Studies, 48(4): 423-451.

Chandra, Y., & Shang, L. (2017). An RQDA-based Constructivist Methodology for Qualitative Research. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 20(1): 90-112.

Chandra, Y. (2017). Social Entrepreneurship as Institutional-Change Work: A Corpus Linguistics Analysis. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 8(1), 14-46.

Chandra, Y. (2016). A rhetoric-orientation view of social entrepreneurship", Social Enterprise Journal, 12 (2),161 – 200.

Chandra Y, Jiang LC, Wang C-J. (2016). Mining Social Entrepreneurship Strategies Using Topic Modeling. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0151342.

Chandra, Y., & Wong, L (2016), "Social Entrepreneurship in the Greater China: Policy and Cases", Routledge, United Kingdom (with Foreword by Mrs. Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary of Administration of the Hong Kong Government and Mr. Stan Shih, Founder of Acer). The book was reviewed in VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations in March 2017 by Tracy Cui at Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (Georgia State University).

Wong, L., & Chandra, Y. (2015), "Service leadership education embedded in a social innovation and entrepreneurship framework", D.T.L. Shek & P. Chung (Eds.). Promoting Service Leadership Qualities in University Students, Quality of Life in Asia 6. DOI 10.1007/978-981-287-515-0_4.

Chandra, Y., Styles, C., & Wilkinson, I (2015). Opportunity portfolio: Moving beyond single-opportunity explanations in international entrepreneurship research. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 32(1):199–228.

Yang, S-S.J., and Chandra, Y. (2013). Growing artificial entrepreneurs: advancing entrepreneurship research using agent-based simulation approach. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, 19(2): 210-237.

Leenders, M.A.A.M., and Chandra, Y. (2013). Antecedents and consequences of green innovation in the wine industry: the role of channel structure. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 25(2): 203-218.

Chandra, Y. & Yang, S. S-J. (2012). Managing disruptive innovation: Entrepreneurial strategies and tournaments for corporate longevity. Journal of General Management, 37(2): 23-50

Chandra, Y., and Leenders, M. (2012). User innovation and entrepreneurship in the virtual world: a study of Second Life residents. Technovation, 32 (7-8): 464-476.

Chandra, Y., Styles, C. and Wilkinson, I. (2012). An opportunity based view (OBV) of rapid internationalization. Journal of International Marketing, 20 (1): 74-102.

Chandra, Y. and Coviello, N. (2010). Broadening the concept of international entrepreneurship: Consumers as international entrepreneurs. Journal of World Business, 45 (3): 228 – 236.

Chandra, Y., Styles, C. and Wilkinson, I. (2009). The recognition of first time international entrepreneurial opportunities: Evidence from firms in knowledge-based industries.  International Marketing Review, 26(1): 30-61.

Yang, S.S-J., Yang, F-C., Wang, K-J. and Chandra, Y. (2009). Optimizing resource portfolio planning for capital-intensive industries under process-technology progress. International Journal of Production Research, 47(10): 2625-2648.