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Prior knowledge and social entrepreneurial venture creation: the mediating role of novelty ecosystem

Isa Nsereko (Department of Entrepreneurship, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Samuel S. Mayanja (Cavendish University Uganda, Kampala, Uganda)
Waswa Balunywa (Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5961

Article publication date: 9 February 2021

Issue publication date: 29 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the mediating role of novelty ecosystem in the relationship between prior knowledge and social entrepreneurial venture creation (SEVC) among community-based organizations (CBOs) in Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is cross sectional and quantitative. Data were collected from CBO owner-managers. Mean, standard deviations, correlations and structural equation modeling were conducted to check the relationships among variables.

Findings

Results show that both prior knowledge and novelty ecosystem are significantly associated with SEVC. Results further indicate that novelty ecosystem partially mediates the relationship between prior knowledge and SEVC.

Research limitations/implications

The design was cross sectional in nature, thus limiting monitoring changes in knowledge and its effect on SEVC. The results should be interpreted as they are because there could be some endogeneity biases, which were not detected like measurement errors and failure to identify appropriate instruments.

Originality/value

This study provides an initial empirical evidence on the relationship between prior knowledge, novelty ecosystem and SEVC using evidence from a developing African country – Uganda. Mostly, this provides an initial evidence of the mediation role of novelty ecosystem in the relationship between prior knowledge and SEVC.

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Citation

Nsereko, I., Mayanja, S.S. and Balunywa, W. (2021), "Prior knowledge and social entrepreneurial venture creation: the mediating role of novelty ecosystem", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 260-273. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-04-2020-0031

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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