publication . Article . 2021

Crises and entrepreneurial opportunities:Digital social innovation in response to physical distancing

Katharina Scheidgen; Ali Aslan Gümüsay; Franziska Günzel-Jensen; Gorgi Krlev; Miriam Wolf;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jun 2021
Abstract
Abstract As physical distancing is a core measure of containing the spread of COVID-19, this pandemic is a crisis that has uprooted social interaction. While current research mainly focuses on crises as a challenge for entrepreneurial ventures and potential regulatory response mechanisms, we complement this research by addressing the question of how crises in general—and COVID-19’s physical distancing measures in particular—shape entrepreneurial opportunities for social innovation. Based on two rounds of data collection—desktop research mapping out 95 entrepreneurial activities in Germany and four focus groups—we find first that entrepreneurs are proactive agent...
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free text keywords: COVID-19, Crisis, Digitalization, Entrepreneurial opportunities, Social innovation, /dk/atira/pure/core/keywords/558218865, Management studies, entrepreneurial opportinity, Social innovation, Political economy, Brand extension, Entrepreneurship, Political science, Social relation, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Ephemeral key, Strategic orientation, Distancing
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