Prof. CHANDRA Yanto (蔡振榮)

PhD, MCom (University of New South Wales)

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34427001

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes
Willing to talk to media: yes

Research Interests/Areas

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Strategy
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • Technological governance
  • Scientometrics and bibliometrics


Yanto Chandra is an Associate Professor at the City University of Hong Kong's Department of Public and International Affairs, where he co-directs the Technology, Policy, and Law Lab.

Chandra's research focuses on entrepreneurship and strategy in the technology and social contexts and their implications on policy, economy, and society. In multiple projects, he has conducted theory building, theory testing and technical exploration research on artificial intelligence and blockchain as they are applied in and affect organizations to capture and create value, and central questions about the mechanisms of performance in hybrid organizations (“social entrepreneurship”) as well as B-Corporation and impact investing/ESG practices.

His research has been published in leading business journals including the Financial Times (FT) 50 journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Venturing (single authored), Journal of International Business Studies (single authored); Journal of Business Venturing Insights (single authored), Journal of World Business, as well as policy journals such as Policy & Internet, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, and World Development. He was also one of the first who published comics that bring across the principles of entrepreneurship and sustainability.

His research has been supported by the Hong Kong General Research Grants Council, Chiang-Ching Kuo International Research Grants, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIEFUND) research grant, among others. His research has won international accolades and prestigious awards such as the Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management 2022 Entrepreneurship Division, Kooiman Best Paper Award 2021, International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) Award, and Emerald Literati 2010 Award.  

He was ranked in the Top 2% of all scholars in the Business and Economics category, out of a database of 100,000 scientists, in an author-citation study by Stanford University in 2021. He was also ranked as one of the Top 5 scholars in Political Science and Public Administration in China in 2020 by citation count, according to another study.

He is an Associate Editor for Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Business Ethics, Environment and Responsibility, Social Enterprise Journal, and Journal of Social Entrepreneurship and an editorial board member in several leading journals. His speaks regularly in various local, regional, and international forums including Asia, Europe and United States. 

Before rejoining CityU in 2022, he held tenured appointments as associate professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the City University of Hong Kong (joint appointment between the Department of Management and Department of Public Policy), as well as assistant professor at the University of Leeds (UK) and University of Amsterdam (NL) business schools.

Chandra completed his PhD in Entrepreneurship and Master of Commerce (Marketing) at The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He was trained as an accountant in his first degree. Prior to and in between his academic life, he worked as Assistant Vice President Decision Analytics at HSBC Hong Kong, and as analyst at Ruder Finn Asia (Singapore), strategic planner at Lowe Lintas (Jakarta) and auditor at Ernst & Young (Jakarta). He has held visiting positions at the University of Leeds.

He accepts applications for PhD and postdoctoral candidates to work on cutting edge topics every year. 



  • H Social Sciences (General) - Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy, Social Entrepreneurship, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Impact Investing, ESG