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Strategic factors conferring organizational resilience in SMEs during economic crises: a measurement scale

Martie-Louise Verreynne (University of Queensland Business School, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
Jerad Ford (University of Queensland Business School, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
John Steen (The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 6 June 2023

Issue publication date: 13 June 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to develop a strategic conceptualization and measurement scale of organizational resilience to support researchers examining how small firms prepare and respond deliberately to general disruptions in the operating environment over more extended time frames.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper uses a four-step process to develop, present and test (for predictive validity) a scale of strategic organizational resilience for frequent events or those needing long-term responses.

Findings

The resulting seven-factor measurement scale of organizational resilience consists of readiness, slack, problem-solving, flexibility, connectedness, adaptiveness and proactiveness.

Originality/value

The literature on organizational resilience explains how organizations recover from rare but catastrophic events by focusing on adaptation principles and short-term survival. The broader conceptualization presented here enables the study of organizational resilience in small-medium size enterprises (SMEs) across more frequent and pervasive events, such as financial crises, industry downturns and other forms of structural change and technological disruption. This is operationalized in a measure that includes new strategic factors associated with forward-planning and more traditional operationally focused elements.

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Citation

Verreynne, M.-L., Ford, J. and Steen, J. (2023), "Strategic factors conferring organizational resilience in SMEs during economic crises: a measurement scale", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 29 No. 6, pp. 1338-1375. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-07-2022-0681

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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