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Emancipation through digital entrepreneurship: a critical realist analysis

Martinez Dy, Angela Carmina; Marlow, Susan; Martin, L.


Angela Carmina Martinez Dy

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

L. Martin


Digital entrepreneurship is presented in popular discourse as a means to empowerment and greater economic participation for under-resourced and socially marginalised people. However, this emancipatory rhetoric relies on a flat ontology that does not sufficiently consider the enabling conditions needed for successful digital enterprise activity. To empirically illustrate this argument, we examine three paired cases of UK women digital entrepreneurs, operating in similar sectors but occupying contrasting social positionalities. The cases are comparatively analysed through an intersectional feminist lens using a critical realist methodological framework. By examining the relationships between digital entrepreneurship, social positionality, and structural and agential enabling conditions, we interrogate the notion of digital entrepreneurship as an emancipatory phenomenon producing liberated workers.


Martinez Dy, A. C., Marlow, S., & Martin, L. (2018). Emancipation through digital entrepreneurship: a critical realist analysis. Organization, 25(5), 585-608.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 6, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 19, 2018
Publication Date 2018-09
Deposit Date Mar 13, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 19, 2018
Journal Organization
Print ISSN 1350-5084
Electronic ISSN 1461-7323
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 5
Pages 585-608
Keywords entrepreurship, digital, women, Internet, critical realism, technology, resources, enterprise, conditions, intersectionality
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