PACIS 2021 Proceedings

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Globally, information technology-based start-up (tech Start-up) has become a known catalyst for job creation, economic growth, and national development of a nation. However, it is common knowledge that the emergence of a viable tech start-up is problematic. More so, when particularized to sub-Sahara African context where the diverse forms of constraints and uncertainties abound. Literature shows that many studies have been conducted in the past to understand tech start-up emergence, however, the studies are fragmented and isolated, as they view emergence as a unidimensional event instead of a multidimensional event. Thus, drawing from Activity Theory (AT), Intelligence Complex Adaptive Systems (ICAS), Effectuation Theory (ET), and applying critical realist-based Danermark model for explanatory research, the study seeks to conduct a realist case study on Nigeria entrepreneurial ecosystems. To investigate the multi-dimensional events that characterize a viable tech start-up emergence, and further discover the generative mechanisms that cause these events


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