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PhD (University of New South Wales)

MCom (University of New South Wales)



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Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Social Innovation for Grand Challenges

Evaluation Methods

Financial Management in Organizations


Research Interests:

Social entrepreneurship

Sustainable entrepreneurship

Impact (or sustainable or ESG) investing

Experiments for entrepreneurship

Visuals as data

Computational approach in social sciences



Yanto Chandra is Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Founding Director of the Centre for Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship (CSPSE). He received his PhD in Entrepreneurship from the University of New South Wales, Australia. His research focuses on understanding and explaining the drivers, processes and outcomes of entrepreneurship that has societal and ecological objectives, and entrepreneurship in un-orthodox contexts such as entrepreneuring by under-privileged communities, those that employ new technologies (e.g., AI, crypto), impact investing, and new forms of organizational reporting and metrics. He also examines the policy of new forms of entrepreneurial and investing activities with social, environmental and governance objectives. He works with multiple methods, from surveys, interviews, choice/field experiments, to visuals as data and computational social sciences techniques. His research has been featured in a number of leading journals including Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Journal of Business VenturingJournal of International Business StudiesJournal of World Business, Policy & Internet, Public Management Review, and Public Administration Review. He serves as an Associate Editor for Journal of Business Venturing InsightsSocial Enterprise Journal, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, and Business Ethics, The Environment and  Responsibility, and on the editorial board of Journal of International Marketing. Chandra has won several awards including Best Paper Awards in ISIRC 2020 and Emerald Literati Outstanding Paper Award 2011. He has been awarded more than HK$2 Million in competitive grants for research on social entrepreneurship, sustainable entrepreneurship, and impact investing.


Chandra was previously Associate Professor at the City University of Hong Kong Department of Public Policy and Department of Management, and prior to this he was Assistant Professor at The University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) business schools. Prior to and between these, he spent around seven years in the corporate world including banking (Assistant Vice President in Risk Analytics at HSBC in Hong Kong) and Big 4 firms (e.g., Ernst & Young in South East Asia). 


Selected Publications (Scholarly Books & Monographs, Journals, Book Chapters, Conference papers): 

The Promise of Entrepreneurial Passion to Advance Social Entrepreneurship ResearchJournal of Business Venturing Insights (in press)


Drivers of Success in Social Innovation: Insights into Competition in Open Social Innovation ContestsJournal of Business Venturing Insights, Vol. 16, e00257.


Understanding Healthcare Social Enterprises: A New Public Governance PerspectiveJournal of Social Policy (IF: 2.592), 2021. Best Paper Award, International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) 2020, Sheffield, United Kingdom.


Social Entrepreneurship in the Context of Disaster Recovery: Organizing for Public Value Creation. Forthcoming, Public Management Review, 2020. Video highlight. (> 1,870 views since June 2020).


Topic Modeling the Research-practice Gap in Public AdministrationPublic Administration Review2020. A pioneer application of topic modeling as a bibliometric technique to map a field's development.


New Narratives of Development Work? Making Sense of Social Entrepreneurs' Development Narratives across Time and EconomiesWorld Development, 2018. A pioneer application of computational linguistics to study the big text.


Social Entrepreneurship as Emancipatory WorkJournal of Business Venturing, 2016 (IF: 7.590; FT50 journal). Video highlight.


A Time-Based Process Model of International Entrepreneurial Opportunity Evaluation. Journal of International Business Studies, 2017 (IF: 9.158; FT50 journal).


An Opportunity Based View of Rapid InternationalizationJournal of International Marketing, 2012. Winner of Citation of Excellence Award by Emerald in 2015.


Broadening the Concept of International Entrepreneurship: Consumers as International EntrepreneursJournal of World Business2010.


The Recognition of First Time International Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Evidence from Firms in Knowledge Based IndustriesInternational Marketing Review, 2009Winner of Emerald Literati 2010 Outstanding Paper Award.


Other publications:

Discrete Choice Experiments Using R: A How-To Guide for Social and Behavioral Sciences (a monograph under contract with Nature Springer, expected in 2022).


Dragon Tale: A Story of Social Entrepreneurship. Chuliu, Taiwan. Available in Google PlayUDN ReadingEslite e-book store. The world’s first comic on social entrepreneurship. Comic review.


Qualitative Research Using R: A Systematic ApproachSpringer Nature: Singapore, 2019. Downloaded > 12,000 times by March 2021. 


Social Entrepreneurship in the Greater China Region: Policy and Cases. Routledge, UK, 2016. With foreword written by Carrie Lam, Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Government, and Stan Shih, founder of Acer Corporation, Taiwan. The first scholarly volume on social entrepreneurship research from and on the Region.



PolyU StartUp GrantMapping the Landscape of Certified B Corp as a Model of Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Principal Investigator, HK$500,000, 2019-2022.


GRF Grant, Legitimacy of Social Enterprises and Customer Patronization. Principal Investigator, HK$813,400 (2021-2023).


GRF Grant, Public Administration Research and Real-World Problems: Topic Modelling the Changing Landscape, 2018-2020, HK$606,992, Co-Investigator (PI: Prof Richard Walker, CityU)


GRF Grant, The Mechanisms of Performance in Social Enterprises, 2016-2020, Principal Investigator, HK$369,300.


Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation Research Grant (Taiwan), Unpacking the Management Practices of Chinese Social Enterprises, 2016-2020, Principal Investigator, US$42,000 (HK$330,000).


SIEFund Grant, Mapping the Best Practices in Social Innovation Development, Principal Investigator, 2017-2021, HK$397,500.


Professional and community service:

Guest Editor (with Janelle Kerlin), Social Entrepreneurship in ContextJournal of Asian Public Policy (SSCI) (in press).

Guest Editor (with Fandy Tjiptono), Social Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Business, Sustainability (IF: 2.576, SSCI) (expected publication in 2022).

Associate Editor for Social Enterprise Journal, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, and Business Ethics, The Environment and Responsibility (IF: 2.919).

Editorial Board Member, Journal of International Marketing (IF: 4.57)

Scientific Committee MemberInternational Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) (since 2020)

Academic Committee Member, International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) (since 2018) 

Organizing Committee Member and Convener of Academic Forum of Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit (HKSES)(since 2016)

Assessor for Social Enterprise Endorsement Mark Certification, Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprise(since 2019)