Are social enterprises technological innovative?: A quantitative analysis on social entrepreneurs in emerging countries

Manlio Del Giudice, Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Veronica Scuotto, Beatrice Orlando

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Technological innovation is the new backbone for companies. Exploiting and exploring new knowledge increase the chance of survival in the current dynamic market. Alongside, there are countries were be an innovative need to face up social and political challenges. This has transformed their economy, spreading an entrepreneurial mindset mingled with the willing to help a local community. This phenomenon is called social entrepreneurship which is leveraging new economies and building wealth, environmental system. In this vein, the present research seeks to offer qualitative research on 142 social entrepreneurs in an emerging country. The scope is to analyse if social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial characteristics, and entrepreneurial ecosystem influence innovation. As emerged, technological innovation is affected by the first two factors but the entrepreneurial ecosystem is still not supportive. New, several activities should be organised by the government to assist entrepreneurs, whereas, the entrepreneurs are socially motivated to build up his enterprise.
Original languageEnglish
Article number119704
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Early online date30 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 148, (2019) DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2019.07.010 © 2019, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


  • Emerging country
  • Entrepreneurial characteristics
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Technological innovation


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