Digital technologies, social entrepreneurship and resilience during crisis in developing countries: evidence from Nigeria

Franklin Nakpodia, Folajimi Ashiru, Jacqueline Jing You, Oluwasola Oni

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Purpose: Social entrepreneurship (SE) is a complex phenomenon designed to resolve numerous societal challenges while remaining economically viable. However, how social entrepreneurs in developing countries have deployed digital technologies to address communal challenges during the Covid-19 crisis is largely undocumented. This research examines social entrepreneurs' adoption of digital technologies, the multi-level organisational conditions, and associated innovative outcomes of engaging digital technologies. Design/methodology/approach: Based on the organisational resilience theoretical framework, this research employs a qualitative methodology, comprising 38 semi-structured interviews with Nigerian SE firms, to investigate social entrepreneurs' engagement with digital technologies. Findings: The study’s findings reveal 19 pathways through which digital technologies enabled organisational resilience outcomes by Nigerian SE firms during the Covid-19 pandemic. This allows the authors to show, via a 3 × 3 matrix, how social entrepreneurs deploy digital technologies to build proximate, dynamic, and continuous resilience in a weak institutional context. Originality/value: The study’s findings enables the authors to advance the SE – digital technologies – resilience scholarship in a developing economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-368
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Issue number2-3
Early online date26 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2024

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  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Digital technologies
  • Resilience
  • Developing economies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)


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