Virtually ISBE: COVID19, Entrepreneurship and Research, Wednesday November 25th, 1 – 3 pm GMT


ISBE in conjunction with the International Small Business Journal (ISBJ) Webinar

COVID19, Entrepreneurship and Research:  Evaluating the evidence and identifying future research opportunities

Wednesday November 25th, 1 – 3 pm GMT

Fee to attend: £15 ISBE & ECSB Members, £25 Non-Members
(if you are unsure if you are currently an ISBE member please email

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Facilitated by Professor Susan Marlow: Editor ISBJ

Evidence regarding the detrimental impact of Covid19 upon entrepreneurial activity and SME performance is beginning to emerge; as would be expected financial constraints, market contractions and uncertain futures are central.  At the same time, new opportunities are emerging as firms pivot to respond to shifts in demand and there is a renewed focus upon local provision.  The overall picture is one of nuanced complexity.   In this webinar, five leading academics present contemporary evidence exploring this complexity, its impact upon the SME landscape and related opportunities for future research.  The presentations relate to critical issues such as finance, scalability, innovation, pivoting and gender.  Currently, most colleagues are fully engaged with teaching delivery so research activities are on the ‘back burner’; however, remaining alert to ideas for future research activities is important particularly, to ensure projects can be enacted quickly once time allows.  With this in mind, the webinar will present evidence, ideas, analyses and thoughts for future research pathways with Q&A sessions.  The presentations relate to published commentaries in the International Small Business Journal that will be made freely available to all participants.    Although open to all, we would particularly encourage ECRs and doctoral students seeking to develop their research profile to attend.


Professor Stephen Roper, Dr Joanne Turner: (University of Warwick, UK). R &D and innovation after COVID-19: What can we expect? A review of prior research and data trends after the great financial crisis.

Dr Angela Martinez Dy (Loughborough University, UK) Professor Dilani Jayawarna (University of Liverpool, UK): Bios, mythoi and women entrepreneurs: A Wynterian analysis of the intersectional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on self-employed women and women-owned businesses

Professor Marc Cowling (Derby University), Professor Ross Brown, Dr Augusto Rocha (St Andrews University, UK): Did you save some cash for a rainy COVID-19 day? The crisis and SMEs

Dr Todd Morgan (Western Michigan University, USA), Dr Sergey Anokhin (St Cloud State University, USA), Dr Laurel Ofstein (Western Michigan University, USA), Dr Wesley Friske (Missouri State University, USA): SME response to major exogenous shocks: The bright and dark sides of business model pivoting

Professor Francis Greene, Dr Alessandro Rosiello (University of Edinburgh) : The impacts of the ‘Great Lockdown’ and its aftermath on scaling firms: What are the implications for entrepreneurship research?’

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