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The impact of entrepreneurial ecosystems on digital transformations: micro-level analysis

Jaiandra Guimarães (Department of Management and Economics, University of Beira Interior and NECE Research Unit in Business Sciences, Covilhã, Portugal)
Cristina Fernandes (Department of Management and Economics, University of Beira Interior and NECE Research Unit in Business Sciences, Covilhã, Portugal and CEF.UP – Center for Economics and Finance at University of Porto, Porto, Portugal)
Pedro Mota Veiga (University of Maia, Maia, Portugal and NECE Research Unit in Business Sciences, Covilhã, Portugal)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 6 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Entrepreneurial ecosystems (EEs) contribute to organisational success through enabling actors to restructure businesses, stimulating exchanges of resources as well as applications and improvements to technological approaches. Hence, the purpose of this paper is to study the impact of EE micro-level variables on digital transformations.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on data spanning 5,000 Portuguese firms, the authors selected a random sample of 300, including businesses in the industrial, retail and service sectors. The authors deployed the multiple linear regression statistical method to validate the hypotheses.

Findings

As a result, the authors may conclude the organisation and the micro-level actors of EEs, owners and their members of staff produce influences on digital transformation processes.

Originality/value

This study contributes to completing the gap in the literature regarding the shortage of quantitative empirical studies approaching micro-level EE variables from the perspective of their relationships with digital transformation processes.

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Acknowledgements

NECE and this work are supported by FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. by project reference UIDB/04630/2020 and DOI identifier 10.54499/UIDP/04630/2020.

Citation

Guimarães, J., Fernandes, C. and Mota Veiga, P. (2024), "The impact of entrepreneurial ecosystems on digital transformations: micro-level analysis", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-09-2023-0199

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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