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Cognitions affecting innovation among generation Z entrepreneurs: the external enablement of digital infrastructure

Mehrzad Saeedikiya (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
Aidin Salamzadeh (Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Yashar Salamzadeh (Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, UK)
Zeynab Aeeni (University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj, Iran)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 22 September 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The current research aimed to investigate the external enablement role of Digital Infrastructures (DI) in the interplay of entrepreneurial cognitions and innovation.

Design/methodology/approach

Data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) and Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) were used for analyses. This yielded a sample of 8,601 Generation Z entrepreneurs operating in 25 European countries.

Findings

Applying hierarchical moderated regressions showed that socio-cognitive components of an entrepreneurial mindset (self-efficacy, risk propensity, opportunity identification) affect innovation among Generation Z entrepreneurs. More importantly, DI plays an external enablement role in the interplay of cognitions and innovation among Generation Z entrepreneurs.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the socio-cognitive theory of entrepreneurship by integrating an external enablement perspective into the study of cognitions and entrepreneurial outcomes (here, innovation). It contributes to the digital technology perspective of entrepreneurship by connecting the conversation about the socio-cognitive perspective of entrepreneurship regarding the role of cognitions in innovation to the conversation in information systems (IS) regarding technology affordances and constraints. This study extends the application of the external enabler framework to the post-entry stage of entrepreneurial activity and integrates a generational perspective into it.

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Citation

Saeedikiya, M., Salamzadeh, A., Salamzadeh, Y. and Aeeni, Z. (2023), "Cognitions affecting innovation among generation Z entrepreneurs: the external enablement of digital infrastructure", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-02-2023-0188

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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