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PhD (University of New South Wales)

MCom (University of New South Wales)



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Social Entrepreneurship/Social Innovation


Public Management



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Dr. Yanto Chandra is an Associate Professor with the Department of Applied Social Sciences at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Director of the Centre for Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship (CSPSE).


Chandra’s research focuses on how innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives by citizens, businesses, and the government generate social-environmental and economic value. He conducts three streams of inter-related research. The first stream focuses on citizen-driven entrepreneurship/innovation from a public management and administration lens (e.g., social entrepreneurship for public and social services). The second stream focuses on sustainability initiatives (e.g., impact investing or ESG investing, sustainable production and consumption). The third stream focuses on behavioral public policy particularly ways to stimulate public behavioral change (e.g., public support on sustainable products, mis/disinformation behavior in social media).


His research has been published in important journals such as Public Administration Review, International Public Management Journal, World Development, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of World Business.


Chandra previously held academic appointments at the City University of Hong Kong (Departments of Public Policy and Management), University of Leeds (UK) and the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) business schools. He was a winner of multiple teaching awards in Hong Kong and best paper awards internationally. He held a visiting position at the Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Prior to these, he spent around seven years in the advisory role in a large bank (e.g., HSBC) in Hong Kong, and consulting firms (e.g., Ernst & Young) in Singapore and Jakarta. 


Research Interests:

Social Entrepreneurship and Public Management

Sustainability (e.g., impact or ESG investing, responsible production/consumption)

Public Policy (e.g., public support on sustainable products, hoax behavior)

Computational Social Sciences (e.g., topic modeling, computational linguistics)


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

Lee, K.M., & Chandra, Y. (2019). Dynamic and Marketing Capabilities as Predictors of Social Enterprises’ PerformanceVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (forthcoming).


Walker, R.M., Chandra, Y., Zhang, J., & Witteloostuijn, A. (2019). Topic Modeling the Research-practice Gap in Public AdministrationPublic Administration Review (forthcoming).


Chandra, Y., & Shang, L. (2019). Social Entrepreneurship Interventions in the HIV/AIDS Sector: A Social Entrepreneurship - Social Work PerspectiveInternational Social Work (forthcoming).


Chandra, Y., & Walker, R.M. (2019). 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?” International Public Management Journal (forthcoming).


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


Chandra, Y. (2017). Social Entrepreneurship as Emancipatory WorkJournal of Business Venturing, 32(6), 657-673.


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


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


Chandra, Y., Jiang, Li., & Wang, C-J. (2016). Mining Social Entrepreneurship Strategies using Topic ModelingPLosONE, 11(3), e0151342.


Other publications:

Three comics on sustainability and social entrepreneurship, Chuliu Publisher, Taiwan (in press).


Chandra, Y., & Shang, L. (2019). Qualitative Research Using R: A Systematic Approach. Singapore: Springer Nature.


Chandra, Y., & Wong, L. (2016). Social Entrepreneurship in the Greater China Region: Policy and Cases. Routledge, UK. (Foreword written by Carrie Lam, Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Government, and Stan Shih, founder of Acer Corporation, Taiwan). Book reviewed by Cui, T.S. (2017) in VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.



PolyU StartUp GrantEnabling Public Behavioral Change through Social Entrepreneurship. Principal Investigator, HK$500,000, 2019-2022.


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


UGC Teaching and Learning GrantTransforming Science and Engineering Talents into Technopreneurs: Hong Kong as a Technology Dragon, 2017 to 2019, HK$999,000, Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Dr Derek Ho, CityU)


GRF GrantThe 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 GrantMapping 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 Context for the Journal of Asian Public Policy

Associate Editors, Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics: A European Review (IF: 2.919)

Editorial Board Member, Social Enterprise Journal

Convener of the Academic Forum in the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit

SEEMark Certification Panel Member, Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprise