Planned, improvised or resilience: small business owner-managers’ perception and response to crises in crisis-prone environments

Mafimisebi, O.P., Obembe, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-5050-116X and Ogunsade, A.I., 2023. Planned, improvised or resilience: small business owner-managers’ perception and response to crises in crisis-prone environments. Journal of General Management. ISSN 0306-3070

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This article addresses a fundamental question concerning planning, improvisation and resilience in the context of crisis management and business continuity. We seek to explore when and how small business owner-managers respond to crisis situations and cope with associated challenges to their business operations. This question remains unresolved, despite substantial progress in the crisis management and small business literature, which still produces opposing empirical findings and theoretical arguments. While one view supports strengthening existing planned responses to crises; the other view argues and finds support for improvised responses. Drawing on inductive multiple-case study approach, we extend previous research on crisis management by focusing on its planned, improvised and resilience dimensions. The purpose is to provide empirical insights about owner-managers’ perception and response to crises in a crisis-prone environment and complement it with theoretical insights from normal accident and high reliability theories to have a balanced view of crisis management practices within small businesses. We found that crisis planning, improvisation and resilience that occurs simultaneously in the crisis management process is more valuable and enrich crisis management practices of small businesses. We conclude by proposing specific areas for future research in relation to crises and resilience in crisis-prone environment.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of General Management
Creators: Mafimisebi, O.P., Obembe, D. and Ogunsade, A.I.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 23 February 2023
ISSN: 0306-3070
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jeremy Silvester
Date Added: 20 Sep 2023 10:06
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2023 10:06

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