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Title: Transition or change? The morphosis of One Belt One Road initiatives in Pakistan: a study on the challenges, prospects and outcomes of the China-Pakistan economic corridor

Authors: Zia Ur Rehman; Syed Ahmad Ali; Muhammad Ahmed; Muhammad Arif Khattak

Addresses: Department of Management Sciences, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan ' School of Business and Economics, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan ' Department of Management Sciences, Bahria University (Lahore Campus), Lahore, Pakistan ' Bahria Business School, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Abstract: The modern era has seen an exponential growth in Belt and Road Initiatives that purviews financial stability, economic growth, foreign trade and regional cooperation and expansion. In that context, a number of economic corridors have arisen internationally to aid larger economic objectives - China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is one good example. The study is an early attempt to synthesise 76 past researches specifically contextualised in CPEC during the last seven years (from inception in 2013) and to gauge the larger spectrum off what CPEC has contributed to the country's economy and what it has yet to offer. The meta synthesis resulted in two main purviews; one relates to the benefits while the other highlights its challenges to the economy. Though CPEC has emerged as a gateway to entrepreneurial opportunities, it has manifold practical and managerial implications for potential beneficiaries such as entrepreneurs, policy makers, government and the researchers.

Keywords: One Belt One Road; OBOR; China Pakistan economic corridor; CPEC; entrepreneurship; hard and soft elements of CPEC; triple helix model; vision and mission statement.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTLID.2021.10041473

International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2021 Vol.13 No.3, pp.246 - 282

Received: 05 Mar 2021
Accepted: 14 Jun 2021

Published online: 12 Oct 2021 *

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