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Digital technologies, social entrepreneurship and resilience during crisis in developing countries: evidence from Nigeria

Nakpodia, Franklin; Ashiru, Folajimi; You, Jacqueline Jing; Oni, Oluwasola

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Folajimi Ashiru

Jacqueline Jing You

Oluwasola Oni



Abstract

Purpose: Social entrepreneurship (SE) is a complex phenomenon designed to resolve numerous societal challenges while remaining economically viable. However, how social entrepreneurs in developing countries have deployed digital technologies to address communal challenges during the Covid-19 crisis is largely undocumented. This research examines social entrepreneurs' adoption of digital technologies, the multi-level organisational conditions, and associated innovative outcomes of engaging digital technologies. Design/methodology/approach: Based on the organisational resilience theoretical framework, this research employs a qualitative methodology, comprising 38 semi-structured interviews with Nigerian SE firms, to investigate social entrepreneurs' engagement with digital technologies. Findings: Our findings reveal 19 pathways through which digital technologies enabled organisational resilience outcomes by Nigerian SE firms during the Covid-19 pandemic. This allows us to show, via a 3x3 matrix, how social entrepreneurs deploy digital technologies to build proximate, dynamic, and continuous resilience in a weak institutional context. Originality: Our findings enable us to advance the SE - digital technologies - resilience scholarship in a developing economy.

Citation

Nakpodia, F., Ashiru, F., You, J. J., & Oni, O. (2023). Digital technologies, social entrepreneurship and resilience during crisis in developing countries: evidence from Nigeria. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, https://doi.org/10.1108/ijebr-01-2023-0012

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 5, 2023
Online Publication Date Jun 26, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Jul 4, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 6, 2023
Journal International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
Print ISSN 1355-2554
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/ijebr-01-2023-0012
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1170459

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