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Reorienting entrepreneurial support infrastructure to tackle a social crisis: A rapid response

Muñoz, Pablo; Naudé, Wim; Williams, Nick; Williams, Trenton; Frías, Rodrigo


Wim Naudé

Nick Williams

Trenton Williams

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Rodrigo Frias
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy


Chile is experiencing its worst economic and social crisis in decades, which is adversely impacting entrepreneurs and SMEs. Chile’s Economic Development Agency is seeking to support recovery efforts by reorienting its entrepreneurship programs and ecosystem support capacity. What makes the reorientation especially challenging is the need to ensure all actions are sensitive to the causes of the social unrest, where arguably extant entrepreneurship policy has played a role. Theory and evidence in entrepreneurship literature seem insufficient to inform immediate actions. In this rapid response paper, we leverage and translate research on ecosystem democracy, spontaneous venturing and entrepreneurship-enabled social cohesion to inform decision-making and contribute to the development of policy solutions. We propose an entrepreneurship policy reorientation model, including interventions during and post crisis, potentially capable of minimizing the effects of the crisis and changing the orientation of future support.


Muñoz, P., Naudé, W., Williams, N., Williams, T., & Frías, R. (2020). Reorienting entrepreneurial support infrastructure to tackle a social crisis: A rapid response. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 14, Article e00181.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 21, 2020
Publication Date 2020-11
Deposit Date Jul 9, 2021
Journal Journal of Business Venturing Insights
Print ISSN 2352-6734
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Article Number e00181
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