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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education in Asia-Pacific

Special issue call for papers from Management Decision

In a competitive context, innovation and entrepreneurship play an important role in economic growth. In the face of economic challenges, many countries hope to obtain a competitive edge through innovation, and to revitalize the economy through encouraging entrepreneurship. Compared with advanced countries in Europe and North America that have achieved rapid and prosperous development within the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, the pace of Asia is relatively slow.  According to the Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI) Report issued by the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (2015), GEI includes three major sub-indices, known as Entrepreneurial Attitudes, Entrepreneurial Ability, and Entrepreneurial Aspirations. The GEI rankings were led by the US, Canada, and Australia. Within Asia, only Taiwan was listed in the top 10, whereas Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Qatar, and Korea ranked within the top 30.

In recent years, entrepreneurship education has attracted increasing attention around the world. Governments have invested significant resources, and are willing to continue to do so, in their desire to promote the development of innovation and entrepreneurship education, especially in higher education. Innovation and entrepreneurship courses were initially designed for business schools, but have since been expanded to fields such as engineering, sociology, and regional development. Entrepreneurship education seeks to provide students with the motivation, awareness, ways of thinking, and skills that are needed for entrepreneurs, which could eventually enable them to achieve entrepreneurial success. Using students’ current professional knowledge as a foundation, the core functions of entrepreneurship education are to train students on how to explore market opportunities and to develop their execution ability in order to realize economic potential.  According to the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report, the project shows that Asia performed well, with Singapore, Philippines, Qatar, and Indonesia ranked in the top ten. Moreover, Malaysia, India, and Taiwan were listed among the top 30 countries.

The aforementioned reports revealed a considerable gap between Asian countries’ investment in entrepreneurship education and actual achievements in entrepreneurial activity. In higher education, curricula and programs that are devoted to entrepreneurship and new-venture creation have achieved significant growth and development. There are many public resources invested in entrepreneurship education, due to the requirements of government policies; however, limited research has been done to examine the results, including the quantity and quality of graduate entrepreneurs who actually entered the economic market. In addition, some scholars believe that entrepreneurship education should help students understand the “entrepreneurial way of life”. The concept “entrepreneurial way of life” can help us understand how knowledge is perceived and absorbed by entrepreneurs. This is useful in the design and teaching of relevant courses as well. However, there is a need for exploration and investigation on how to apply different theories to entrepreneurship education courses.

The scope of this special issue is to shed new light on innovation and entrepreneurship education in Asia. The aim of this special issue is to explore innovation and entrepreneurship education systematically related to Asia.  The special issue calls for any articles that address development, challenges, and opportunities of innovation and entrepreneurship education in the Asia-Pacific region.  Manuscripts dealing with research, practice, and teaching are all welcome. We raise, but are not limited to, key questions about Asian entrepreneurship education:
1. What is the current overall picture of innovation and entrepreneurship curricula in the Asia-Pacific region?
2. What are the general trends, patterns, and challenges of innovation and entrepreneurship education in this region?
3. How are the learning theory and major tools (ICT) treated and delivered in/outside the classroom?
4. What/how are the innovation and entrepreneurship topics delivered?
5. What are the differences between Asia and the US and Europe and among the major countries in the Asia-Pacific region?
6. What social innovation and entrepreneurship topics are particularly well or under-developed and how and why?

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First submission: June 30, 2016.
First round revision: Oct 31, 2016.
Second submission: January 31, 2017.
Second round revision: April 2017.
Publication:  July/August 2017

Guest Editor
Yen-Chun Jim Wu, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate Institute of Global Business and Strategy
National Taiwan Normal University
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