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Assistant Professor

Yanto Chandra (蔡振榮) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy (since January 2013) at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Dr. Chandra conducts research on the policy and management of social innovation, non-profit organizations, social finance, and poverty alleviation. Current research involves the study on the mechanisms of performance in social enterprises, the management practices of Chinese social enterprises, how social innovation produces effective and useful social outcomes, and the interface of social work and social enterprise as an innovative solution to societal problems.

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

Prior to joining CityU, Chandra was Assistant Professor in the Marketing & Strategy Departments at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands; with Tenure) and later at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). Prior to these, he spent nearly 7 years in the corporate world, including as Decision Analytics Manager at the HSBC Asia Pacific Consumer Credit Risk in Hong Kong, and consultant at Ernst & Young, Ruder Finn Asia, Taylor Nelson Sofres and Lowe Worldwide in 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:

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. (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.