Promoting Entrepreneurship Research in Southeast Asia: Applying the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

Entrepreneurship has been a major driver of growth and job creation in Southeast Asia. However, there is little empirical research on entrepreneurial activity, innovation, and the types of policies which can promote entrepreneurship and enterprise development.

This project aims to address that gap by establishing a strong empirical foundation on which to build and monitor entrepreneurship and job creation, especially among women, in Southeast Asia. The research team will apply the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research methodology in three countries: Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The project will build research skills and knowledge in the areas of entrepreneurship survey design and entrepreneurial activity analysis. It will also encourage policymakers, the business community, and development practitioners to use the research findings.

The GEM methodology estimates entrepreneurial characteristics and dynamics in business start-ups and new firms using internationally standardized surveys. The approach allows for comparative analysis between countries.

The project will generate empirical findings on entrepreneurship dynamics which will help inform national entrepreneurship initiatives. It will pay particular attention to women entrepreneurs and the issues they face. The School of Business and Entrepreneurship at the Universiti Tun Abdul Razak in Malaysia will coordinate the project. It will be implemented in partnership with the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, De La Salle University (Philippines), and Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (Indonesia). GEM's umbrella organization, the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association, will provide technical assistance, oversight, and quality assurance.

The research team will share the findings with policymakers, the private sector, educators, and researchers to inform the policy debate on entrepreneurship promotion, especially related to women.

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End Date

Friday, December 30, 2016


36 months

IDRC Officer

Edgard Rodriguez

Total funding

CA$ 749,900


Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Viet Nam


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Associate Professor Dr. Roland Xavier


Universiti Tun Abdul Razak SDN BHD

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