Refocusing digital entrepreneurship: an updated overview of the field, emerging opportunities and challenges

Femi Olan*, Ciro Troise, Nadja Damij, Robert Newbery

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: Existing research of modern literature have shown that the phenomenon of digital entrepreneurship is lacking in robust theoretical foundations on several occasions. This article is a comprehensive literature study that focuses on the phenomena of digital entrepreneurship and offers views on the subject to provide insights into recent advancements in the area. Design/methodology/approach: In order to achieve a conception of the phenomena, using the PRISMA flow chart, the significant findings were organised into themes, contexts and approaches. A comprehensive evaluation of the relevant previous research was carried out. Both the Web of Science and Scopus were utilised to locate, extract, select and evaluate relevant papers based on the keywords found during the search. In the end, papers from 92 different publications that are indexed by SSCI were chosen for this investigation. Findings: This comprehensive literature analysis was to identify current research routes on digital entrepreneurship. In conclusion, this study generates outcomes that describe the process by which digital entrepreneurship are recognised and discussed: digital business models; digital entrepreneurship process; platform tactics; technology adoption; entrepreneurship and digital business. Originality/value: By setting the framework for additional research development and motivating scholars to pursue this issue, the study contributes to the understanding of the conceptualisation of digital entrepreneurship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-257
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Issue number2-3
Early online date23 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2024

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