How Small-to-Medium Enterprises Thrive and Survive in Turbulent Times: From Deconstructing to Synthesizing Organizational Resilience Capabilities, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

How Small-to-Medium Enterprises Thrive and Survive in Turbulent Times

From Deconstructing to Synthesizing Organizational Resilience Capabilities, 1st Edition

By Yiu Ha Carmen Chu, Kosmas Smyrnios


200 pages

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pub: 2018-07-30
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Political and financial upheaval is not a new phenomenon – from the tulip bulb bubble in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century to Black Monday in 1987, businesses throughout history have worked to adapt and cope. However, today’s climate is even more fraught with crises, raising the levels of concern for business, society, and governments. It especially poses a challenge for small businesses, who have to learn to cope with this increasingly turbulent environment, dealing with the difficulties and taking advantage of the new opportunities that turbulence can provide.

Understanding how resilience capabilities can be developed to promote sustainable business is imperative. This book provides a new paradigm for conceptualizing resilience capabilities and advances current understanding both theoretically and practically in real-world business settings. Examining the processes of resilience during different phases of crisis reveals why businesses either fail, or outperform their counterparts during times of turbulence. Based on in-depth empirical research, researchers and advanced students in small business, strategic management and risk management will find this an invaluable guide to organizational resilience.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction: 1. The Resilience Paradigm - Surviving and Thriving in Turbulent Environments Part 2: Attributes of Resilience Capabilities: 2. Adaptability - Renewal and Adjustment 3. Agility - Timely Responses   4. Anticipatory - Forecasting and Foresight; 5. Flexibility - Flexibility and Changeability Part 3: Development, Utilization, and Realization of Resilience Capabilities: 6. Building Resilience Capabilities from within and across Firm Boundaries 7. Employing and Deploying Resilience Capabilities in Strategy Development Processes 8. Linking Strategies to Firm Performance

About the Authors

Professor Kosmas Smyrnios is Professor of Family Business Entrepreneurship, in the School of Management, RMIT University, Australia. He was formerly Foundation Associate Editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy and Associate Editor of the Family Business Review Journal; and Foundation Board Member of the International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA). 

Dr Yiu Ha (Carmen) Chu received her PhD in Management from RMIT, Australia, and is currently working on several research manuscripts supported by RMIT University. She was an Emerald/EFMD Highly Commended Outstanding Doctoral Research Award winner.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Small Business

There is a growing polarization in the international economy for companies to become either transnational corporations or small businesses. This dualism means the experience of the small business is quite different to that of a large corporation. The life of a small business is often shorter, riskier and more entwined with the personality of the entrepreneur. In this prestigious series, case-studies and the latest research are used to reveal the regional, national and international role of the small business.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / New Business Enterprises
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Strategic Planning
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development