Special Issue "Entrepreneurial Finance at the Dawn of Industry 4.0"

A special issue of Journal of Risk and Financial Management (ISSN 1911-8074).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Quan-Hoang Vuong

Phenikaa University, Hanoi, Vietnam, and Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
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Interests: emerging capital markets, data management, scientific data, applied statistics (frequentist and Bayesian), emerging market economics, financial database systems, sustainable financial management, entrepreneurial finance.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The forthcoming era of Industry 4.0 is expected to profoundly impact the world’s economy and the socioeconomic lives of billions of people. Entrepreneurs’ communities around the globe have already experienced early but tremendous changes and are starting to adapt to its emerging financial aspects, such as the rise of “computational entrepreneurship” (see: https://doi.org/10.21511/ppm.17(1).2019.11). It is the high time to seek to better understand the possible changes, both incremental and disruptive, in the ways that entrepreneurial firms, entrepreneurial endeavors, and perhaps entrepreneurial academics (thanks to the growing philanthropic funding to science and tech ventures) respond to their current and future financing needs. The need for this understanding will be increasingly important since entrepreneurial activities, and ventures gradually dominate the business landscape of the world, and their successes or failures will ultimately determine the future prosperity of societies. Therefore, this Special Issue invites scholarly and practicing researchers from different academic backgrounds to join hands in such an attempt to acquire new knowledge and insights into entrepreneurial finance at the dawn of Industry 4.0, by making scholarly contributions in the forms of original research (theoretical or empirical), academic discussions (conceptual discussion or perspectives), or literature reviews.

Dr. Quan-Hoang Vuong
Guest Editor

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  • Microfinance, crow-funding
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and computational entrepreneurship
  • Serendipity as a strategic advantage in entrepreneurial finance
  • Governmental policy responses to entrepreneurs’ financial needs
  • Finance and creative performance in Industry 4.0
  • Philanthropic funding, scientific discoveries, and entrepreneurial finance
  • Emerging regulatory framework amid the rise of Industry 4.0
  • The role of financial markets
  • Gender issues in entrepreneurial finance
  • Risk management for entrepreneurial finance: tools, techniques, conceptual developments, and limitations

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Open AccessArticle Determinants of Vietnamese Listed Firm Performance: Competition, Wage, CEO, Firm Size, Age, and International Trade
J. Risk Financial Manag. 2019, 12(2), 62; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm12020062
Received: 17 March 2019 / Revised: 4 April 2019 / Accepted: 9 April 2019 / Published: 11 April 2019
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This study investigates the relationship between firms’ competition, wage, CEOs’ characteristics, and firm performance (measured by net income per employee, return on assets (ROA) and return on equity (ROE)) of Vietnam’s 693 listed firms in 2015 using both the ordinary-least-square (OLS) and quantile [...] Read more.
This study investigates the relationship between firms’ competition, wage, CEOs’ characteristics, and firm performance (measured by net income per employee, return on assets (ROA) and return on equity (ROE)) of Vietnam’s 693 listed firms in 2015 using both the ordinary-least-square (OLS) and quantile regression methods. Triangulating the results coming from the analysis of three different measures of firm performance, this study consistently confirms that the sex of CEOs and chairman turns out to be insignificant in explaining firm performance and there is a negative association between capital intensity and firm performance. For financial firms, the age of a firm and average wage per employee are negatively associated with all types of firm performance. The quantile regression method shows that the age of a firm is negatively correlated with its net income per employee for small firms, while it is insignificant for medium-sized firms. Meanwhile, firm size is positively associated with firm performance. These results indicate Vietnam’s business activities are still concentrating on low labor cost, labor intensive, and low-tech production, thus, policies that promote innovation and high-tech applications should be encouraged. Full article
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