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Microfinance and Innovation Ecosystem: Evidence from Brazil and Insights for Social Entrepreneurship

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    Researchers in the fields of entrepreneurship and strategy have dedicated increasing attention to the perspective of innovation ecosystems. Collaboration and interdependence among organizations are typical features of innovations ecosystems, but thus far the literature on innovation ecosystems has rarely addressed the context of social enterprises such as many microfinance organizations. Our qualitative investigation examines community banks providing microfinance in bottom-of-the-pyramid communities in Brazil, focusing on complementors, suppliers, and customers of microfinance organizations. By revealing conditions under which microfinance practices influence innovation ecosystems but have different implications for entrepreneurship, we extend the literature on microfinance, innovation ecosystems, and social entrepreneurship.

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