26th November 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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.