Digital Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Integrating Talent, Stakeholder Engagement and Institutional Processes to Support Regional Development and Organizational Competitiveness

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387). This special issue belongs to the section "International Entrepreneurship".

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Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: exponential innovation; project management; collective intelligence
Organization and Marketing Department, Pablo de Olavide University, 41013 Seville, Spain
Interests: innovation management; cooperation for innovation; startups accelerator programs
Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy
Interests: management of innovation; startups accelerator programs; digital transformation
Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: digital transformation; project management; collective intelligence
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School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University, 53000 Ifrane, Morocco
Interests: human resource development; education systems; entrepreneurship

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Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to launch a call for papers for a Special Issue on Administrative Sciences titled “Digital Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Integrating Talent, Stakeholder Engagement and Institutional Processes to Support Regional Development and Organizational Competitiveness”.

Digital technologies are transforming organizations and societies and creating unprecedented opportunities to create new socioeconomic value. Within the digital era, the pervasiveness of the Internet and the so-called digital convergence have affected most aspects of the business scenario, such as production, distribution, sales, customer relationship, and communication of content, products, and services. The potential offered by the digital transformation allows today to conceive and conduct new entrepreneurial processes and initiatives able to strengthen the competitiveness of companies as well as the economic and social development of regions and territories.

In order to capture the most of such opportunities, there is a need to cultivate a new mindset and develop new competencies in students, entrepreneurs, managers, and policy makers as well. Moreover, relevant stakeholders should be attracted and engaged in order to build relational and capability networks able to support the success of digital-enabled and digital-focused entrepreneurship ecosystems. Finally, new governance and institutional processes are required to support the generation of effective models of public-private collaboration capable of creating the best conditions for startup incubation and entrepreneurial success.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to gather innovative research contributions aiming to elaborate on a comprehensive view of definitions, pillars, driving forces, and characterizing processes of digital entrepreneurship ecosystems. We invite review and conceptual papers, also bringing to new frameworks or methodology-building efforts, and research papers, including cases studies, qualitative analyses, and more quantitative/empirical investigations able to contribute to the research and practitioner purposes of the Special Issue.

We will look forward to receiving your research works and will be delighted to provide preliminary feedback to evaluate the potential of the same for submission to our Special Issue. Please see also the website of Administrative Sciences for full editorial aims and submission requirements.

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Prof. Alessandro Margherita
Prof. Carmen Cabello-Medina
Prof. Nicola Del Sarto
Prof. Gianluca Elia
Prof. Karim Moustaghfir
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Keywords

  • corporate entrepreneurship
  • digital ecosystems
  • digital entrepreneurship
  • digital startups
  • digital transformation
  • entrepreneurial orientation
  • entrepreneurship development
  • entrepreneurship ecosystems
  • HRM for entrepreneurship
  • organizational competitiveness
  • regional development
  • social capital for entrepreneurship
  • stakeholder engagement for entrepreneurship
  • startup incubators
  • technological entrepreneurship
  • technology venturing

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Technological Catch-Up and Innovative Entrepreneurship in Vietnamese Firms
Adm. Sci. 2021, 11(3), 100; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci11030100 - 10 Sep 2021
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The article analyses the dynamics of technological catch-up through entrepreneurship in latecomer firms to emerging markets. With this aim, the article introduces Vietnam’s experience and illustrates the result of three case studies of Vietnamese technology firms at different stages of their evolution. Insights [...] Read more.
The article analyses the dynamics of technological catch-up through entrepreneurship in latecomer firms to emerging markets. With this aim, the article introduces Vietnam’s experience and illustrates the result of three case studies of Vietnamese technology firms at different stages of their evolution. Insights from the cases reveal all follow an incremental innovation model based on business model ‘soft’ innovations, mainly in customer-facing activities and partnering, as well as limited products and technology adaptation to local market needs. Consistently with latecomer firms’ theory, the market drives these firm’s innovation efforts, which are concentrated on developing new services and comprehensive solutions rather than new technologies. Comparisons of the findings with recent and similar experiences of Chinese firms highlight that different stages of catch-up lead to different innovation practices in nature and degree, and the need to strengthen institutions to face competition, rather than use the former to shelter from the latter. The Vietnamese firms’ innovation practices and catch-up patterns found are then discussed under the perspective of reaping the benefits of international knowledge and technology flows and the specific challenges faced by Vietnam. The paper concludes with several reflections, lessons learned and perspectives for other newly industrializing emerging countries. Full article
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Digital Society Incubator: Combining Exponential Technology and Human Potential to Build Resilient Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Adm. Sci. 2021, 11(3), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci11030096 - 07 Sep 2021
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Although exponential technologies promise to bring unprecedented value at the socio-economic and policy levels, the social acceptability and preparedness for the technological “singularity” should be carefully considered. In particular, whereas digital innovation is able to drive an extraordinary development of entrepreneurial ventures, a [...] Read more.
Although exponential technologies promise to bring unprecedented value at the socio-economic and policy levels, the social acceptability and preparedness for the technological “singularity” should be carefully considered. In particular, whereas digital innovation is able to drive an extraordinary development of entrepreneurial ventures, a number of challenging issues and the ongoing pandemic crisis have increased the need to investigate how technological breakthrough and human capital can be effectively combined in order to build resilient socio-technical and entrepreneurial ecosystems. This paper offers a synopsis of the major investigation areas and a reflection on the themes associated with the emergence of a digital society and the affirmation of digital entrepreneurship ecosystems. The research process follows a systematic literature review and a conceptual development approach aimed to introduce both the concept and a model of the digital society “incubator”. The proposed model identifies the actors, values, flows, and processes that are required to support the construction of a resilient entrepreneurial ecosystem. In this perspective, the study proposes a new focus by hybridizing and integrating both entrepreneurial and technology-related dimensions into a single unifying model. The study also lays the groundwork for further studies aimed at identifying the environmental and institutional factors required to support a smooth and effective transition towards a resilient entrepreneurial and technology-driven society. Full article
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Antecedents and Consequences of Digital Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in the Interaction Process with Smart City Development
Adm. Sci. 2021, 11(3), 94; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci11030094 - 06 Sep 2021
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The nature of entrepreneurship and its developmental paths in the urban environment are extensively studied in the scientific literature. With a rising interest of scholars in the smart city phenomenon, the role entrepreneurship plays in the development of smart cities became a central [...] Read more.
The nature of entrepreneurship and its developmental paths in the urban environment are extensively studied in the scientific literature. With a rising interest of scholars in the smart city phenomenon, the role entrepreneurship plays in the development of smart cities became a central topic in academia. However, there is a lack of discussion concerning the specific settings and characteristics of digital entrepreneurship in the smart city scenario. Nowadays, the concept of digital entrepreneurship is considered as a part of the digital entrepreneurial ecosystems (DEE) that provides an environment for effective entrepreneurial activities. Hence, the investigation on how DEE is interconnected with smart cities and how they both can contribute to their mutual development appears both timely and necessary. To reach this research objective, the authors, after giving a clear definition of each component of DEE based on an extensive literature review, consider its interconnection with the smart city model. The connection between the dimensions of a smart city and the structural constituents of DEE is also tracked, highlighting the contribution of each element to the development of a smart city. Through the creation of a comprehensive framework, the results of the paper show clearly that DEE is an inevitable part of a smart city environment. The research also covers the model of DEE engagement in smart city architecture. Full article
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