Does entrepreneurial resilience pay off in a poverty context?

We aim to develop a longitudinal study of entrepreneurs in a poverty context during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


In situations that threaten the survival of ventures, entrepreneurs’ behaviour will depend on a complex combination of individual, contextual and institutional factors. Yet, a layer of complexity is added for entrepreneurs who face crisis when they already struggle with resource constraints due to operating in a poverty context.

This project will address the following research questions:

  1. How do entrepreneurs operating in a poverty context cope with crisis and show resilience?
  2. Will more resilient entrepreneurs have higher chances of business survival/growth during crises?

The study utilises quantitative and qualitative methods offering insights into the emotions, cognitions, and behaviour of entrepreneurs who show greater/lower resilience.


Research themes

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