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The digital entrepreneurial ecosystem

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  • Fiona Sussan

    (University of Phoenix)

  • Zoltan J. Acs

    (George Mason University)

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A significant gap exists in the conceptualization of entrepreneurship in the digital age. This paper introduces a conceptual framework for studying entrepreneurship in the digital age by integrating two well-established concepts: the digital ecosystem and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The integration of these two ecosystems helps us better understand the interactions of agents and users that incorporate insights of consumers’ individual and social behavior. The Digital Entrepreneurial Ecosystem framework consists of four concepts: digital infrastructure governance, digital user citizenship, digital entrepreneurship, and digital marketplace. The paper develops propositions for each of the four concepts and provides a theoretical framework of multisided platforms to better understand the digital entrepreneurial ecosystem. Finally, it outlines a new research agenda to fill the gap in our understanding of entrepreneurship in the digital age.

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  • Fiona Sussan & Zoltan J. Acs, 2017. "The digital entrepreneurial ecosystem," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 49(1), pages 55-73, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:49:y:2017:i:1:d:10.1007_s11187-017-9867-5
    DOI: 10.1007/s11187-017-9867-5
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    Keywords

    Entrepreneurship; Ecosystem; Matchmakers; Digital infrastructure; Digital governance; Digital citizenship; Multisided platforms; Information technologies;
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    JEL classification:

    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • P40 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - General
    • P00 - Economic Systems - - General - - - General

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