Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Public Policy: Asia and Europe in Comparative Perspective

Globalization has been drawing increasing attention from scholars, businesses, and policymakers around the world. Cities throughout the world are undergoing various socio-cultural, economic, and political challenges. This in turn presents unprecedented opportunities for fostering social innovation and entrepreneurship.  The harnessing of innovation, technology, and collaborative networks among the Public, Private,and Non-Profit sectors has become more important than ever. A nuanced and contextual understanding of these complex relationships from an Asia-Europe comparative perspective may shed light on the challenges and opportunities of the future.

In addition, the shift of economic gravity from 'West-leads-East' to 'West-meets-East' in recent decades requires countries from Asia and Europe to seek sustainable solutions through collaborations across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. An innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship in both social and commercial sectors may contribute to building a stable, resilient, and sustainable world economy by leveraging on the resources and capabilities of public, private, and non-profit sectors.

The Nanyang Centre for Public Administration at Nanyang Technological University and the University of Birmingham Business School will be organizing an international workshop on Social Innovation,Entrepreneurship and Public Policy to examine issues on creating an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem through the lens of government, private, and non-profit organizations.