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3rd ARNOVA Asia Conference








3rd Annual ARNOVA-Asia Conference


The 3rd ARNOVA Asia Conference is co-organized by the Department of Public Management and Policy, Tunghai UniversityCollege of Social Sciences, National Chengchi University; and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). There will be a pre-conference event “Transdisciplinary Forum of Young Scholars”, which will be held at National Chengchi University, on June 4 for invited guests only. Then the main conference activity will take place at Tunghai University on June 5-6, 2019. There will also be an after-conference program, by invitation only, on June 7, 2019 in Central Taiwan.




Theme & Keynote


The theme for 2019 ARNOVA Asian conference is "The Actionability of Civil Society: Challenges of Social Innovation." A variety of pressing issues of civil society development will be explored, and current research will be presented to attendees. Our goal is to create a platform where researchers and practitioners from academia, governments, non-profit organizations, and the private sector can enjoy a warm and creative network experience during their participation.

This year’s conference will consist of keynote speeches, panel sessions, featured forums, cross-sectoral seminars, case presentations, and poster sessions. All of the submissions will be reviewed and arranged in different sessions for presentation. Read more about the theme and proposal submission categories.



 Conference Keynote Address

"The Actionability of Civil Society: Challenges of Social Enterprise"

Angela M. Eikenberry is the David C. Scott Diamond Alumni Professor of Public Affairs in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Her research focuses on the social, economic and political roles philanthropy, voluntary associations, and nonprofit organizations in democratic governance. Empirical and theoretical areas of research include: Giving circles and collaborative giving, marketization of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy, social enterprise, democracy and social equity/justice areas related to nonprofits/philanthropy, and critical social theories.

Her work has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and other scholarly and popular press venues and her book, Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, Democracy (Indiana University Press) won CASE’s 2010 John Grenzebach Research Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy. She also received a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research on giving circles in the UK, affiliated with the University of Birmingham, Third Sector Research Centre, and the 2016 UNO campus-wide Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity. She is currently President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

For a list of publications and more information see:



Conference Keynote Address

"My Wangdao Management for Enterprise & NPO"

Dr. Stan Shih is the Chairman of StanShih Foundation, Co-founder & Honorary Chairman of the Acer Group. Throughout his career, he has been a social entrepreneur all his life, From Jan. 2017, he served as the Honorary Chairman, Major League IoT (Internet of Things) to promote Taiwan industry transformation and upgrading aggressively to face critical challenges in the future.

Mr. Shih serves on the Boards of Acer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Nan Shan Life Insurance Co., Ltd., Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation, Chinese Television System, the Chairman of Cloud Gate Culture and Arts Foundation, the Head of Taiwan Connection Fun Club, One Song Orchestra Fun Club, and the Convener of the Cultural Tech Alliance, Taiwan.

Mr. Shih had the honor to get One of the 10 Most Outstanding Young Persons in Taiwan in 1976, The Most Outstanding Young Engineer in Taiwan in 1981, and One of the 10 most Outstanding Young Persons in the World in 1983. He is a former Chairman of the Asia Business council and a former International Advisory Board (IAB) member of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), a Governor of the Asian Institute of Management, and an Honorary Chairman of the Taiwan Excellent Brand Association. After retired from Acer in 2004, he acted as the Chairman of National Culture and Arts Foundation during 2011~2016 to build up the platform between Arts and Business actively.

BusinessWeek named Mr. Shih one of its 25 Top Managers of the Year in 1996. Time featured him in its article “60 years of Asian Heroes” for turning Taiwan into a PC-manufacturing powerhouse. In 2007, Mr. Shih, as Taiwan’s Special Envoy, attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Summit in Sydney, Australia. Being that he has given long-term outstanding contributions, the President honored him the Order of Brilliant Start with Grand Cordon in Oct., 2011. and the 1st Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) Laureate in 2012.

Mr. Shih earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and honorary Ph.D in electronics engineering from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and an Honorary Doctor of International Law from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.



Important Dates

    Deadline for proposal submission (no more than 500 words): January 31, 2019 extended to February 14

    Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2019 extended to March 15
    Deadline to register as a presenter: March 31, 2019 extended to April 30th, 2019

    Deadline for full paper: April 15, 2019 extended to April 30th, 2019

    Program publication: May 10th, 2019



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Host Organizations & Conveners


Department of Public Management and Policy (PMP), Tunghai University

The Department of PMP was established in 1986 to cultivate talents in public affairs, government management, leadership and public management. It is also set up to address the well-being of communities, cities, countries and the world. With goals of professionalism, integrity and excellence, and a strong tradition of liberal arts, the Department offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, providing pertinent skill training in public management, non-profit management, e-government, administrative law, policy analysis, and urban planning. The bachelor degree program is oriented towards public management with clear emphases on developing students’ language proficiencies and encouraging interdisciplinary studies. The master program focuses on preparing public administrative professional experts by exposing students to training in both theory and practice of public administration.


Prof. José Chiu-C. CHEN serves as the current Chair of the Department of Public Management and Policy in Tunghai University. Prof. Chen holds a PhD in public administration from National Chengchi University (NCCU), and has a strong interest in innovative research as well enhancing exchanges among academic knowledge. In addition to nonprofit research, he has published enthusiastically on problem solving, urban governance, community development, and public HRM reform. With an impressive track record of active participation in projects and programmes both home and abroad, Prof. Chen also serves as the President of TASPAA, Taiwan Association for Schools of Public Administration and Affairs, and the Country Expert (Taiwan) for the V-Dem Project. 



College of Social Sciences, National Chengchi University

The College of Social Sciences (CSS) in National Chengchi University (NCCU) used to be part of the College of Law. Since 1993 the CSS has become an independent college with the aims of promoting teaching and research in the social sciences and providing lifelong education and social services. With its history, outstanding faculty, and first-rate study environment, the CSS has since become a flagship college in NCCU. In addition to the specialized training offered by the various departments and graduate institutes, the CSS emphasizes on the importance of core competencies to enhance students’ competitiveness through integrating social sciences and interdisciplinary studies. The CSS is committed to providing the best social sciences education available internationally. To this end, the CSS offers exceptional programs, including English-taught courses, student exchange programs, summer programs, and off-campus programs. The CSS has flourished under the forward-thinking leadership of its successive deans, energetic and friendly faculty, and motivated students.


Distinguished Prof. Min-Hsiu CHIANG serves as the current Dean of the CSS in NCCU. Professor Chiang, with a PhD in public administration from the University of Southern California, is a well-recognized scholar in the field of NPO research. He is based in the Department of Public Administration and acts as the current Convener of the Center for Civil Society and Local Governance in NCCU. He also chairs the Miao-Li Community University and the Third Sector Foundation. The areas of his research and teaching include non-profit mission and leadership, non-profit management, organization theory and management, organizational psychology, human resource management, human resource development, research methodology, public administration theory, new public administration, administrative ethics, policy formulation and evaluation, public policy, strategic management, social enterprise, and the third-sector.



Association for Research on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
ARNOVA is the U.S.-based, national and international association that relates scholars, teachers, and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society. Founded in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, ARNOVA is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research about and helping shape better practice in these realms.. It brings together both theoretical and applied interests, helping scholars gain insight into the day-to-day concerns of third-sector organizations, while providing nonprofit professionals with connections to research they can use to improve the work of their organizations and the quality of life for citizens and communities.


Dr. Chao Guo is associate professor of nonprofit management in the School of Social Policy and Practice, and faculty director of the International Master of Public Administration (I-MPA) program, both at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also founding co-director of the China Institute for Philanthropy and Social Innovation at Renmin University of China. Prof. Guo is Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the premier journal in the field. His interests are in collaboration within and across sectors, technology and nonprofit advocacy, and social entrepreneurship. His award-winning research includes the 2014 text, Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value. Actively involved in community-serving projects, he serves as Faculty director of PREP, Penn Restorative Entrepreneurship Program, which helps formerly incarcerated persons become social entrepreneurs.


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Conference Committees


Advisory Committee

Prof. Angela M. Eikenberry (President, ARNOVA; School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA)   Prof. Chang-Tay Chiou (Department of Social and Policy Sciences, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan) Prof. Joyce-Yen Feng (Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University, Taiwan)   Dr. Mark Hager (Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit Management and Leadership; School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University, USA)
Prof. M. Shamsul Haque (Faculty of Arts and Social Science, National University of Singapore, Singapore)   Prof. Chul-Hee Kang (host of the 2020 ARNOVA Asia Conference; School of Social Welfare, Yonsei University, South Korea)

Prof. Xiaoguang Kang (host of the 2017 ARNOVA Asia Conference; School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, China

  Prof. Danny Lam (host of the 2018 ARNOVA Asia Conference; Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  Prof. Lucas C. P. M. Meijs (Former Editor-in-Chief of NVSQ; Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands) Prof. Way Sun (Institute of Law and Government, National Central University, Taiwan)    Prof. Mary Tschirhart (Past President, ARNOVA; John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University, USA) Prof. Ming Wang (School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China) 
  Dr. Juree Vichit‐Vadakan (National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand) Prof. Naoto Yamauchi (Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan)    Prof. Jianxing Yu (School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, China) Prof. Jiangang Zhu (Zhouenlai School of Government, Nankai University, China) 



Program Committee

Dr. Khaldoun AbouAssi (Department of Public Administration & Policy, American University, USA)   Dr. Chung-An Chen (Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) Dr. Naomi Chi (Graduate School of Public Policy, Hokkaido University, Japan)    Yuan Daniel Cheng (Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, USA)
Dr. Curtis Child (Department of Sociology, Brigham Young University, USA)
  Dr. Herisadel Flores (The National College of Public Administration & Governance, University of the Philippines, the Philippines)

Dr. Indraswari (Department of Public Administration and Development Study, Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia)

Dr. Dipendra K C (School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, Thailand)
  Dr. Jian Li (School of Management, Minzu University of China, China) Dr. Huafang Li (School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, Grand Valley State University, USA)   Prof. Chao-Hsien Leu (Department of Social Work, Tunghai University, Taiwan) Dr. Helen Liu (Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Dr. Lindsey McDougle (School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, USA)   Dr. Charlotte Ren (The Fox School of Business, Temple University, USA)
  Dr. Yongdong Shen (School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, China) Dr. Chien-Wen Shen (Department of Business Administration, National Central University, Taiwan)
Dr. Jia Xijin (School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, China)
  Dr. Xueyong Zhan (Department of Management & Marketing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)   


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About THU and Event Venue


Tunghai University (THU), established in 1955, is located on the level plateau of Taichung’s Tatu Mountain. As a liberal University, THU is full of scholarly elites and abundant resources, and well-known for its beautiful campus. It has 9 colleges, 34 departments and 35 Master’s programs (1 independent Master’s program and 13 In-Service Master’s programs) and 14 PhD programs.


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Last updated: June 4, 2019





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About Taiwan: Tourism Information


National Taichung Theater


National Taichung Theater is a stunning building, which has the Grand Theater, playhouses, a sky garden, and a shopping center. To see the documentary video done by the discovery channel, click here.


Calligraphy Greenway & Park Lane


Calligraphy Greenway has a form like the cursive writing of Chinese calligraphy and ranges from the National Museum of Natural Science to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.


Shen Ji New Village


Shen Ji New Village is a dorm compound built by the Taiwan Provincial Government nearly half a century ago to accommodate employees of the auditing office. As the government restructured, the dorms were left unused for years. With the government’s revitalization plans, the historic village is now transformed into a lively and innovative base for young entrepreneurs to start their businesses. The young vitality and creativity has stirred up the charm of the space and created cheerful atmosphere.


Taichung Second Public Market


In early times, the Market was an important hub where daily commodities were collected and distributed. Due to the wide variety of goods, the vendors were placed in different sections in the hexagon market building. The Second Market is also a place where you can find delicious local food of Taichung.


Miyahara Eye Hospital


Miyahara Eye Hospital is actually an ice cream joint. It was an eye clinic built by a Japanese optometrist- Miyahara (Gong Yuan) during the time of the Japanese occupation. It is a 2-story red brick building with arch designed passageway, which was the largest eye clinic in Taichung at that time. The renovation of this relic is not only to establish a flagship store for “Dawn Cake”, but also to accomplish a dream of this construction team, restoring the prosperity of Central District of Taichung.


Night Markets

The Fengjia Night Market was established in 1963 and it is the largest and most popular night market in Taichung


Gaomei Wetlands

Gaomei Wetlands in Dajia, Taichung, is one of the most well-known and well-preserved wetland habitats in Taiwan.


Rainbow Village 

The Rainbow Village is a street art in Nantun District in Taichung, Taiwan. Resident veteran, Yung-Fu Huang, a self-taught grandpa artist, began painting empty houses in his settlement in 2008 to save them from demolition. Mr. Huang said that he will continue to paint even when he is 100 years old. Over the years his colourful artwork, which includes birds, animals and people, has spread over the remaining houses in the village, which once contained 1,200 homes. The village, now known as Rainbow Village, has since become a popular tourist site in the city.


Outlets & Museums



National Museum of Natural Science

National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts

National Museum of Natural Science 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan


Other Information

Taichung guide:

Compass (Taichung city guide):

Taichung Travel Net:



After Conference Program


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This program is in collaboration with OurCityLove Social Enterprise


Recap of the trip: 




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Photos & Videos


 Learn more about the ARNOVA-Asia Conference and its theme, The Actionability of Civil Society: Challenges of Social Innovation Photo slideshow from the 3rd Annual ARNOVA-Asia Conference in Taichung, Taiwan 


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Contact Us


Department of Public Management and Policy, Tunghai University

Mr. Kristian Widya Wicaksono

+886-4-23590121 ext. 36700 (recommended)

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm (GMT+8)

No.1727, Sec.4, Taiwan Boulevard, Xitun District, Taichung 40704, Taiwan



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