Anubhav Tewatia

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How can we build sustainable digital social enterprises in India?

While the contribution of social purpose organizations to the economy and societal well-being is well-documented, they operate in an increasingly competitive operating environment, which forces them to be entrepreneurial and innovative in all their strategic initiatives (Weerawardena & Sullivan Mort, 2006). In response, many conventional non-profits have become social enterprises, which pursue commercial revenue generating activities to support the social mission. In India, there has been an unprecedented growth of social enterprises in size, investments and innovation (Ghani, Kerr, & O'Connell, 2014). There is growing evidence to suggest that social enterprises are increasingly adopting digital technologies for innovation and greater social value creation. The growing digital entrepreneurship literature suggests that digital infrastructures that are built and nurtured by digital entrepreneurs provides new forms of learning and new innovation path creation that leads to new services and products. This project aims at examining how digital social entrepreneurs build digital social enterprises that have potential to make a notable contribution to deliver greater value to their targeted communities. The broader research problem guiding this study is 'How can we build sustainable digital social enterprises in India?' This broader research problem is expanded with the following research questions (RQs) guiding this study are: (1) What are the antecedent factors facilitate birth and sustenance of digital social enterprises? (2) How do traditional SEs differ from digital enterprises in terms of economic and social impacts? (3) What capabilities are needed in building digital eco-systems for greater social innovation and value creation? (4) How do digital social enterprises contribute to build a sustainable social sector that will make an enhanced contribution to the economy and societal well-being? The findings will have important implications to theory, practice and policy planning.

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UQ Supervisor

Associate Professor Jay Weerawardena

UQ Business School
IITD Supervisor

Professor Vigneswara Ilavarasan

Department of Management Studies