Italian entrepreneurial decision-making under lockdown: the path to resilience

Delladio, Silvia, Caputo, Andrea, Magrini, Alessandro and Pellegrini, Massimiliano Matteo (2024) Italian entrepreneurial decision-making under lockdown: the path to resilience. Management Decision . ISSN 0025-1747

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Purpose – This study addresses current research gaps by integrating resilience literature with crisis management theories, focusing on SMEs. Specifically, we examine how the entrepreneurial decision-making process, via the interplay of causation and effectuation logic, impacts a firm’s ability to respond to unpredictable events. Our investigation seeks to unearth the potentially complex interplay between causation and effectuation logic in fostering organisational resilience, particularly in the face of unprecedented disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Design/methodology/approach – This study includes the responses of 80 Italian entrepreneurs operating in the hospitality sector. The paper deployed a joint analysis through a Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling technique (PLS-SEM) and a Necessary Condition Analysis (NCA) to assess how the decision-making logics impact the entrepreneurs’ decision when reacting to the pandemic.
Findings – The findings show that how entrepreneurs make decisions influence how they react to the crisis. Causation was found as a direct cause of resilience and preparedness, and effectuation was a direct cause of resilience and agility. Moreover, causation indirectly caused resilience through preparedness, and effectuation indirectly caused resilience through agility. Finally, both preparedness and agility are direct causes of resilience.
Practical implications – Our research generated insights into why and how some SMEs respond more effectively to uncertainty than others. It provides actionable strategies that business owners and managers can employ to enhance their ability to withstand and recover from crises.
Originality – This study’s originality and novelty lie in its empirical investigation of the roles of causation and effectuation logic in entrepreneurial decision-making and, consequently, their influence on SME resilience. Focused on the Italian hospitality sector, it provides unique insights into resilience strategies under severe, real-world conditions, contributing to theoretical development and practical applications in crisis management.

Keywords:Entrepreneurial decision-making, resilience, covid-19, hospitality, SMEs
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:COLLEGE OF ARTS, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES > Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:55753
Deposited On:14 Aug 2023 12:35

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