Can digital innovations help reduce suffering? A crowd-based digital innovation framework of compassion venturing

Ann Majchrzak*, Dean A. Shepherd

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has been a devastating crisis affecting the physical, social, and financial well-being of people the world over. Unlike business-as-usual, crises create unique context conditions in which to study digital innovation. Crises can create widespread suffering. Crises can also trigger the creation of “compassionate ventures” started by emergent entrepreneurs, who, by being themselves victims of adversity, are driven to start ventures to alleviate people's suffering. In this essay, we appropriate the literature from management and entrepreneurship on compassionate venturing to suggest a framework for helping to clarify distinctions in the ways in which digital innovation may emerge during crises.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100338
Peer-reviewed scientific journalInformation and Organization
Volume31
Issue number1
ISSN1471-7727
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 03.2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • Compassion ventures
  • Crowd innovation
  • Digital

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