Title Virtual Ecosystems in Social Business Incubation
Authors ARIZA MONTES, JOSÉ ANTONIO, MUÑIZ RODRIGUEZ, NOEL MARTIN, ARIZA MONTES, JOSÉ ANTONIO, MUÑIZ RODRIGUEZ, NOEL MARTIN
External publication No
Means J. Electron. Commer. Organ.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
SJR Quartile 4
SJR Impact 0.16200
Area International
Publication date 01/07/2013
ISI 000444204000002
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-84887446765
DOI 10.4018/jeco.2013070102
Abstract The complexity of today global context hinders the emergence of innovative endeavors; this inner enhancement of capabilities springs out from worldwide entrepreneurs that reveal procuring the best environmental conditions and technologies to nourish new ingenious ventures whether of social or any capitalist profile. Social entrepreneurs noticeably understand that making an intensive use of new technologies engenders innovation and scales impact effects in society; that is why ICTs, and especially the web 2.0, have constituted catalysts to accelerate collaborations for social change: social innovation labs, social e-enterprise incubators, social innovation centers, social innovation park, etc. This article reviews the main experiences of social entrepreneurial empowerments, pinpointing those pioneering projects that exploit new technologies to provide services and get access, with no boundaries, to a significant number of communities. It is structured as follows: it starts analyzing the emergence and development of social enterprise, its encouragement and empowerment. Later, there are examined some key initiatives for social entrepreneurs, more in particular those offered virtually (e-empowerment). It is concluded with a brief summary of final thoughts.
Keywords Business Incubation; E-Enterprise; Global; Social Entrepreneurs; Social Innovation Centers; Virtual Ecosystems
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