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Entrepreneurial Solution for Communities in South Asia

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

Guest Editors:
Alka Sharma, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, India
Kanupriya Misra Bakhru, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, India

The Call
South Asia is characterized by its multiethnic, multilingual, and multi-religious communities. The social system of caste in this region makes the enumeration of people groups a highly complex task (Pickett, 2015). People and businesses globally are increasingly being influenced by societal and community interactions (Johannisson and Nilsson, 1989; Spear, 2006) and according to Max Weber insight religion plays a fundamental role in shaping economic behavior (Weber,1930). 

South Asia comprising of eight countries have different communities, some originating from religion and culture, some are indigenous and some are nomadic. To cite a few countries in South Asia, India one of the countries in South Asia is multicultural. Ethnic groups in India include Indo-Nordics, Dravidians, and Mongoloids. Among India’s socio-religious groups are the Baghdadi Jews, Bene Israels, Christians, Cochini Jews, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Parsis, and Sikhs (Dana, 2000).  Bhutan over the past few years has seen a tremendous increase in the number of community forests. It gives rural communities in Bhutan scope for income generation and poverty reduction through the marketing of wood and non wood products (Phuntsho et al., 2011). There are groups regarded are indigenous existing in Bhutan. Indigenous people see natural resource-based enterprises as central to their aspirations of self-determination and sustainable communities (Anderson et al., 2006). Then there are communities like Monpas which have not been explored to a large extent (Chand, 2009). Sri Lanka is a country where fishing is a vital source of income and nutrition for many families; hence it is a land of many fishing communities. These people depend on small-scale coastal, lagoon and inland fishing is among the poorest groups in the country. Afghanistan is severely underdeveloped and poor. There are nomadic communities in this area (Ciarli et al., 2010). Development can be brought implementing community-based strategies in cooperation with local elders and staff.  Maldives is a grouping of many coral islands; Dhivehis are the inhabitants of Maldives.  These people do not associate risk with business activities, nor do they feel constrained by lack of financing, despite the absence of capital markets and limited banking facilities in this archipelago (Dana, 2002).

A World Bank report suggests that South Asia has an opportunity to become the manufacturing hub of the world; but achieving this will require boosting competitiveness. South Asia’s diversity in ethnicity, language and religion can be used as strength in shaping economic behavior. One of the phenomenon that can shapes economies of these countries is Entrepreneurship. This phenomenon comes from environment itself. According to Anderson (1995) entrepreneurship is “The creation and extraction of value from an environment”.  This phenomenon depends on multiple factors, one of which is community. Self Help Groups of India is one of the examples of community based entrepreneurship (Kar, 2014). With the economic dimension of gross national happiness (GNH), the Bhutanese government views entrepreneurship as a significant vehicle for increasing the well-being of people (Dave, 2014). However there are some studies that found that combination of social structure and cultural values have constrained entrepreneurship in context to India (Dana, 2000).

This special issue provides the researchers a platform to explore the communities of South Asia, their opportunities and challenges for economic and social development.

Possible topics include:
• Entrepreneurial solution for prosperity in communities of South Asia
• Social Entrepreneurship for poverty elimination for rural communities
• Need for Women Entrepreneurship
• Responsible Entrepreneurship: Preserving cultural heritage of South Asia
• Entrepreneurship as tool of integration for South Asia
• Environmental Entrepreneurship
• Entrepreneurship at the Base of Pyramid (BOP)

Submission details:

Papers presented at the International Conference on Peaceful and Prosperous South Asia- Opportunities and Challenges (ICSA-2017) track will be considered for this special issue. However, other papers are also welcome and will be considered for this special journal issue. The deadline for submitting full papers is 30th December 2016. Please note the specific Author Guidelines for submissions to regular/special issues of JEC here -

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