A Review of SMEs’ COVID-19 Theorised Challenges: New Directions for Managing Recovery-Oriented Organisational Change

Mendy, John (2021) A Review of SMEs’ COVID-19 Theorised Challenges: New Directions for Managing Recovery-Oriented Organisational Change. In: BAM Conference 2021.

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on organisations and society with devastating impacts on health, wellbeing, organisational financial performance and how they are managed. Whilst the emerging literature and research focuses mainly on the range of performativity and finance challenges faced by SMEs, the extent of the damages on staff’s overall learning and resilience building capacity has been underplayed. Additionally, there has been negligent emphasis in the nearly fifty articles examined here on the extent to which the emerging recovery mechanisms that have been propositioned could address the survivability of SMEs within a recovery-oriented change context beyond the pandemic. Finally, the challenge-based literature fails to capture how SMEs address resilience as they deal with their financial and non-financial challenges in the context of a change environment. The findings of this conceptual paper derived from forty-seven articles highlight five emerging theory-based challenges, three major internal and one external, government-centric recovery mechanism, four new directions/interventions and a ‘Dynamic Systems Model’ on how SMEs can manage change. New research directions are proposed to help SMEs and organisational change management specialists on how to better manage change within and beyond a crisis-situation.

Keywords:COVID-19, SMEs, challenges, Organisational change, Recovery, perspectives
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N214 Change Management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:45379
Deposited On:21 Oct 2021 15:04

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