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A literature review exploring the role of technology in business survival during the Covid-19 lockdowns

Salma S. Abed (Department of Management Information Systems, College of Business (COB), King Abdulaziz University, Rabigh, Saudi Arabia)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Article publication date: 18 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of human life. Even though the pandemic length was not too long, a huge volume of research relating to Covid-19 has been published in different contexts. This paper aims to review the literature investigating the impact of Covid −19 on businesses generally and explore studies examining the technology role of business survival during the Covid-19 lockdowns specifically.

Design/methodology/approach

This study implemented the concept of a systematic review approach to review the literature that has been conducted in the business field during the Covid-19 crisis in general. Additionally, it looks into the research examining the role of technology in business survival in the Covid-19 crisis specifically. All studies were conducted in 2020. A total of 53 studies were identified and categorised into different themes. The research methods, theories and locations have also been analysed.

Findings

It was found that Covid-19 pandemic has affected all business sectors in several ways. Technology adoption has a critical role for business survival during the Covid-19 crises especially with small businesses. Very limited research has been conducted on the adoption of different technologies during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Originality/value

This study presents the most frequent themes and topics that have been explored in the literature during the Covid-19 crisis in the business field. It highlights the methods used in addition to the theories and research locations present in this literature. Finally, it proposes the possible implications of this literature review.

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Citation

Abed, S.S. (2021), "A literature review exploring the role of technology in business survival during the Covid-19 lockdowns", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-11-2020-2501

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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