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Small and medium enterprises dynamic capabilities efficacy during COVID-19: moderating role of CEO gender

Muhammad Ishfaq Ahmad (Lahore Business School, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan)
Muhammad Akram Naseem (Lahore Business School, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan)
Ramiz Ur Rehman (Faculty of Business, Sohar University, Sohar, Oman and Lahore Business School, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan)

Review of International Business and Strategy

ISSN: 2059-6014

Article publication date: 5 July 2022

Issue publication date: 25 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the role of dynamic capabilities (DCs) in the financial performance of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) during COVID-19. Furthermore, it took chief executive officer gender to moderate the relationship between DCs and financial performance.

Design/methodology/approach

This study used the survey approach to collect the data. Regression analysis was used on 563 responses to test the proposed hypotheses.

Findings

The results showed that DCs have a significant positive effect on the SME’s operating level and revenues. Moreover, it also moderates the DCs and financial performance during COVID-19. The results revealed that firms that used the DCs during COVID-19 not only survive during the COVID-19 tough time but also enjoyed a decent revenue level.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study is the first study to establish the link between DCs and SMEs operating and revenue level during the COVID-19 pandemic in Pakistani settings.

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Citation

Ahmad, M.I., Naseem, M.A. and Rehman, R.U. (2023), "Small and medium enterprises dynamic capabilities efficacy during COVID-19: moderating role of CEO gender", Review of International Business and Strategy, Vol. 33 No. 1, pp. 5-17. https://doi.org/10.1108/RIBS-12-2021-0178

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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