Handbook of Research on Asian Entrepreneurship

Handbook of Research on Asian Entrepreneurship

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Léo-Paul Dana, Mary Han, Vanessa Ratten and Isabell M. Welpe

Asia is highly regarded as one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and this unique Handbook focuses on the internationalization process and entrepreneurial dynamics of small business within the continent. Using a clear and consistent style, the Handbook examines more than 40 countries in Asia and allows researchers to compare the environment for entrepreneurship, the internationalization of entrepreneurs and the state of small business in different Asian countries. The chapters are authored by well-known scholars who provide insight into how government policies have affected the internationalization of small firms in Asia.

Chapter 1: Introduction

Vanessa Ratten and Léo-Paul Dana

Subjects: asian studies, asian business, business and management, asia business, entrepreneurship, international business


Vanessa Ratten and Léo-Paul Dana We are grateful to Edward Elgar for this opportunity to serve as editors of this collection of papers on international entrepreneurship in Asia. We are also thankful to the many experts who reviewed the manuscripts. The chapter on Afghanistan is by Ruth Clarke and Ramdas Chandra (Chapter 2). They discuss how Afghanistan is one of the least developed countries in the world and how international government support is fostering entrepreneurship. They also highlight how the war-devastated country needs international entrepreneurship in the form of resources to increase infrastructure and small business activity. The chapter on Armenia is by Vahé Heboyan (Chapter 3). This chapter explains how international entrepreneurship is important in Armenia despite being a land-locked country. The author also examines the impact of Russia on Armenia’s entrepreneurial spirit. Elena Sannikova and John F. Cassidy (Chapter 4) write about international entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan. The authors highlight how Azerbaijan’s oil industry dominates most business and entrepreneurial activity in the country. The importance of oil in Azerbaijan means that more economic policy needs to be focused at developing the small business sector. In the chapter on Bahrain (Chapter 5), Sadiq Sohail discusses how the Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago that has a relatively small land mass, which has affected the types of entrepreneurship occurring within the country. The author stresses the role of the large expatriate community in Bahrain that has made the country focus more on international markets particularly those in Asia. The influence...