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Digitalisation, social entrepreneurship and national well-being

Pedro Torres and Mário Augusto

Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2020, vol. 161, issue C

Abstract: This study examines the influence of digitalisation and social entrepreneurship on national well-being. Taking a configurational approach, the results show that digitalisation can benefit national well-being if the country has an adequate educational system, good governance, and a philanthropy-oriented financial system. Digitalisation can leverage these conditions in promoting national well-being. The study also contributes to entrepreneurship literature as it clarifies the role of social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship impacts national well-being when institutions are weak, but it is indifferent in developed economies, which gives support to the institutional void perspective. This finding contributes to the ongoing debate on the role of the institutions on the creation of social enterprises and advances knowledge on the social impact of social entrepreneurship. Additionally, the results show that a combination of conditions is required to achieve high levels of national well-being.

Keywords: National well-being; Digitalisation; Social entrepreneurship; Institutional theory; fs/QCA (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120279

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