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Cognitions Affecting Innovation Among Generation Z Entrepreneurs: The External Enablement of Digital Infrastructure

Saeedikiya, Mehrzad, Salamzadeh, Aidin, Salamzadeh, Yashar and Aeeni, Zeynab (2023) Cognitions Affecting Innovation Among Generation Z Entrepreneurs: The External Enablement of Digital Infrastructure. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research. ISSN 1355-2554

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Objective: The current research aimed to investigate the external enablement role of Digital Infrastructures (DI) in the interplay of entrepreneurial cognitions and innovation.
Methodology: Data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) and Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) were used for analyses. This yielded a sample of 8601 Generation Z
entrepreneurs operating in 25 European countries.
Results: Applying hierarchical moderated regressions showed that socio-cognitive components of an entrepreneurial mindset (self-efficacy, risk propensity, opportunity identification) affect innovation among Generation Z entrepreneurs. More importantly, DI plays an external enablement role in the interplay of cognitions and innovation among Generation Z entrepreneurs.
Originality/Value: We contribute to the socio-cognitive theory of entrepreneurship by integrating an external enablement perspective into the study of cognitions and entrepreneurial outcomes (here, innovation). We contribute to the digital technology perspective of entrepreneurship by connecting the conversation about the socio-cognitive perspective of entrepreneurship regarding the role of cognitions in innovation to the conversation in information systems (IS) regarding technology affordances and constraints. We extend the application of the external enabler framework to the post entry stage of entrepreneurial activity and integrate a generational perspective into it.

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Depositing User: Yashar Salamzadeh


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Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2023 13:37
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2023 13:37


Author: Yashar Salamzadeh ORCID iD
Author: Mehrzad Saeedikiya
Author: Aidin Salamzadeh
Author: Zeynab Aeeni

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