Dr Nicolas Friederici

Nicolas studies digital entrepreneurship and collaborative innovation in challenging environments, such as low-income and post-conflict countries in Africa.

Email: nicolas.friederici@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 6 16996

Nicolas is a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, working on the Geonet project. He studies how digital entrepreneurship works in environments that are far more challenging than Silicon Valley or London. His comparative grounded research covers African cities including Nairobi, Lagos, Accra, Kigali, and Harare. Nicolas is interested in the interplay of environmental factors with entrepreneurial motivations and capacities. Ultimately, this work addresses the question how and why digital entrepreneurship flourishes in some places but not in others.

Nicolas’ dissertation research at the OII focused on technology innovation hubs in Africa. The thesis proposed a theory of how hubs work, and how they differ from traditional and known forms of innovation intermediation and business incubation. During his doctoral studies, Nicolas paid a research visit to SCANCOR at Stanford, was a Clarendon Scholar, and received a fieldwork grant from the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Until 2014, Nicolas was consultant for the Mobile Innovation for Development and ICT Policy & Regulation programs at infoDev (World Bank). He helped to coordinate and analyze infoDev’s global mobile incubation and entrepreneurship network of innovation hubs (“mLabs” and “mHubs”). He supported activities for innovation and talent sourcing, such as an online competition for mobile application developers. Nicolas is also contributed to projects on ICTs for post-conflict reconstruction, as well as the ICT Regulation and Broadband Strategies Toolkits.

Previously, Nicolas had published in broadband economics and policy, social online behavior, and knowledge management. He was a Fulbright scholar at Michigan State University, where he received a Master’s degree in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. He also holds a Diplom (equivalent to Master’s) in Media Studies and Media Management from the University of Cologne.

Nicolas continues to be active as a consultant, applying his insights to complex real-world problems in emerging markets. For instance, he recently helped the World Bank conduct an assessment of the digital entrepreneurship ecosystem in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Nicolas is an active member of researcher communities such as the Entrepreneurial Spaces and Collectivities, Research Forum Entrepreneurship Africa, and the Connectivity, Inclusion, and Inequality Group at the OII.

Research interests

Entrepreneurship, innovation, Africa, entrepreneurial ecosystems, digital economies, digital development.

Positions held at the OII

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, October 2016 –
  • DPhil Student, October 2013 – November 2016


Latest blog posts

Current projects

Past projects

Chapters

Conference papers

  • Friederici, N. (2014) "More Art than Science? Exploring the Roles of Technology Innovation Hubs for Urban Regions in Developing Countries", Ingenio EU-SPRI Forum Early Career Researcher Conference.
  • Friederici, N., Hsieh, G. and Lapinski, M. (2012) "Implications of Fear, Anxiety, and Shame for Social Health Websites", International Communication Association Annual Conference.
  • Loebbecke, C., Crowston, K. and Friederici, N. (2011) "Integrated Customer-Focused Knowledge Portals: Design Challenges and Empirical Approaches", Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Journal articles

Reports

  • Friederici, N. (2015) A Business Analytics Toolkit for Tech Hubs: Lessons Learned from infoDev’s mLabs and mHubs. Washington, DC: The World Bank.
  • Mann, L., Graham, M. and Friederici, N. (2015) The Internet and business process outsourcing in East Africa: Value chains and networks of connectivity-based enterprises in Rwanda. Oxford: Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
  • Friederici, N. (2014) The Business Models of mLabs and mHubs: An Evaluation of infoDev’s Mobile Innovation Support Pilots. Washington, DC: The World Bank.
  • Friederici, N. (2013) "Guiding Ideas from Mind to Market: Learning from infoDev’s Mobile Microwork Competition" In: Guiding Ideas from Mind to Market: Learning from infoDev’s Mobile Microwork Competition. Washington, DC: The World Bank.
  • Friederici, N. (2013) "Towards Transformation? ICT in Post-Conflict Rwanda" In: Towards Transformation? ICT in Post-Conflict Rwanda. Washington, DC: The World Bank.
  • Economic Development in the Digital Age

    Introducing the debates and practices surrounding ICT uses in the Global South and Global North, drawing on Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, Geography and History to examine the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that underpin development.