Digital futures of small businesses and entrepreneurial opportunity

Reuschke, D., Mason, C. and Syrett, S. (2021) Digital futures of small businesses and entrepreneurial opportunity. Futures, 128, 102714. (doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2021.102714)

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Abstract

This introduction to the Special Issue discusses the status quo of the literature on digital entrepreneurship and digital economy highlighting the neglect of a significant and growing segment of the small business sector whose futures have remained under-researched: self-employed workers and freelancers who run one-person or micro-businesses and home-based businesses that operate largely or exclusively online. Their digital futures and opportunities cannot be understood in simple dichotomies such as ‘necessity’ versus ‘opportunity’ or ‘use’ versus ‘non-use’ of digital technologies. Instead, it is suggested to consider the spatial and social contexts of these more ‘ordinary’ or ‘unexceptional’ businesses. Attention is drawn to networks and social capital and their spatial embeddedness in complementing human capital. Concepts of the second digital divide, digital generations, entrepreneurial bricolage and spatial proximity and city ecosystems are discussed to make suggestions about the possible digital futures of small businesses and entrepreneurial opportunity.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mason, Professor Colin and Syrett, Prof Stephen
Authors: Reuschke, D., Mason, C., and Syrett, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Futures
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0016-3287
ISSN (Online):1873-6378
Published Online:22 February 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Futures 128: 102714
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
169429Entrepreneurship in Homes and Neighbourhoods. Your reference: SGS0-XES062Colin MasonEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/L001489/1BS - Management