Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and the COVID-19 Response

Global Perspectives on Entrepreneurial Crisis Management

Hamid Etemad ,

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Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and the COVID-19 Response: Global Perspectives on Entrepreneurial Crisis Management

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The international cast of authors in this important book explore how internationalizing small and medium sized enterprises (iSMEs) face major crises, such as COVID-19, and have managed them to reach a stable and desired state post-crisis. Chapter orientations vary from theoretical to empirical. Each focuses on issues related to a major crisis, and present already-deployed success strategies in 14 different country environments. The rich diversity of chapters offers a highly significant and timely contribution to the field.

This book consists of five parts. An introduction to the volume and an extensive literature review open the book and are followed in Part II by general, yet critical, topics such as firm capabilities, resources and orientations, which collectively influence how smaller firms perceive emerging, approaching or unfolding crises in their environments and how the national public policy as well as the evolution of the crisis affects them. Part III extends this discussion to look at digitization and ‘servitization’ for higher customer and market-orientation, supply chains and overall governance. Specific research-based examples of potent strategies by four internationalized SMEs in different industries and country environments fill out Part IV and the final part offers a view beyond the current crisis.

Scholars and students in entrepreneurship, international business and other related areas will find this very timely volume illuminating.

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