A Digital Perspective on Entrepreneurship

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John Ulhøi

Abstract

The wider impact of digital technologies on entrepreneurship has only recently begun to surface in the entrepreneurship literature. This situation invites for re-examining theory on digital technologies and theory on entrepreneurship while at the same time asking where to find critical bridging points that may allow for integrating the two domains. This paper answers this question by reviewing and subsequently analyzing core constituents of digital entrepreneurship and its modus operandi. Our analyses show that digital entrepreneurship not only involves entrepreneurial agency and digital technologies, it also affects previous conceptualizations of artifacts and of its modus operandi by applying a broader repertory of architectural arrangements. This implies that the employment of digital technologies in entrepreneurial ventures has effects that go well beyond using digital technology as a means-to-an-end. Before closing, implications for future research and relevant policy makers will be briefly sketched out.

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