Digital entrepreneurship and field conditions for institutional change - Investigating the enabling role of cities
Journal article, 2019

Digital entrepreneurship may result in institutional turbulence and new initiatives are frequently blocked by vested interest groups who posit superior financial and relational resources. In this paper, we explore the role of cities in facilitating digital entrepreneurship and overcoming institutional resistance to innovation. Drawing upon two historical case studies of digital entrepreneurship in the city of Stockholm along with an extensive material on the sharing economy in Sweden, our results suggest that cities offer an environment that is critical for digital entrepreneurship. The economic and technological diversity of a city may provide the field conditions required for institutional change to take place and to avoid regulatory capture.

Regulatory capture

Digital entrepreneurship

Institutional entrepreneurship

Field conditions

Digital innovation




Andrea Geissinger

Örebro University

The Ratio Institute

Christofer Laurell

Stockholm School of Economics

Christian Sandström

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Science, Technology and Society

Klas Eriksson

Stockholm University

Rasmus Nykvist

Örebro University

The Ratio Institute

Technological Forecasting and Social Change

0040-1625 (ISSN)

Vol. 146 877-886

Subject Categories

Economic History

Economic Geography

Human Geography



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