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Journal of Business & Technology Special Issue on: Entrepreneurial Action in Crisis Situations.

  • 1.  Journal of Business & Technology Special Issue on: Entrepreneurial Action in Crisis Situations.

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    Aims and Scope

    Crisis situations can bring numerous implications to people, organisations, and economies. Some crises impact the whole globe. For example, in December 2019, the coronavirus (COVID-19) started to spread from China to other countries so rapidly and intensely. It eventually declared as a pandemic. To protect lives and economies, countries imposed response strategies such as lockdowns, social distancing, and health practices. These unprecedented challenges caused major restructuring to the whole globe and the broad consequences remain unfolding. Entrepreneurs were not an exception. They had to face a new reality in doing business. A new reality that concerns the thrive of entrepreneurship amidst COVID-19 pandemic and its resurgence. 

    The academic community has started a dialogue of this relation – that of thriving entrepreneurship in crisis situations. Yet, it has only started to get explored (Ratten, 2020). On the negative side, Zahra (2021) understands that crises can make things worse fuelling serious concerns about entrepreneurial action. On the positive side, Liñán and Jaén (2020) argue that crisis situations for entrepreneurship will be generally damaging, but they may not so tremendously negative as originally thought. In this spirit, the special issue of the JBT aims to capture the likely consequences, responses and learning from crisis situations to entrepreneurial action to provide rich insights to the growing debate.

    Possible Areas of Interests

    The guest editors invite submissions of empirical and theoretical contributions examining the thrive of entrepreneurship in crisis situations. Possible areas of interests include, but not limited to:

    Consequences of crisis situations

    • What are the consequences of crisis situations to the entrepreneur and entrepreneurial action?
    • What are the consequences of crisis situations to internal and external stakeholders?

    Responses to crisis situations

    • How entrepreneurs change their actions and trajectory in response to crisis situations?
    • How entrepreneurs act upon making community impact during a crisis?
    • How be a venture can navigated through hard times?

    Learning from crisis situations

    • What positives a crisis can introduce to entrepreneurial action?
    • What opportunities a crisis can create for entrepreneurs?

    This Special Issue is open to contributions from a variety of disciplines. We welcome rigorous theoretical and empirical research (e.g., using newly collected data or existing data from well-established sources) supporting entrepreneurial action in crisis situations, with an emphasis on the economic, societal and geographical relevance of research findings for scholars, practitioners and policy makers.

    The deadline for submission

    Please email your articles to jbt.special@kln.ac.lk on or before the 30th of June 2022.

    Contact Information

    Please feel free to contact one of the Guest Editors if you have any queries about the Special Issue.

    Special Issue Editors

    Dr. Pubuduni Jeewandarage (pubuduni@kln.ac.lk : Department of Commerce and Financial Management, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka)

    Dr. Srinath Dissanayake (srinath@kln.ac.lk : Department of Commerce and Financial Management, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka)

    Formatting Instructions

    Regarding the paper layout, style, references format etc., please follow instructions for authors available here https://jbt.sljol.info/about/submissions/


    Liñán, F., & Jaén, I. (2020). The Covid-19 pandemic and entrepreneurship: some reflections. International Journal of Emerging Markets, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print). doi:10.1108/IJOEM-05-2020-0491

    Ratten, V. (2020). Coronavirus (covid-19) and entrepreneurship: changing life and work landscape. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, 32(5), 503-516.

    Zahra, S. A. (2021). International entrepreneurship in the post Covid world. Journal of world business, 56(1), 101143. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2020.101143

    Srinath Dissanayake
    Doctoral Student
    U. of Waikato