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IFKAD 2017 Special Tracks

Resilient SMEs in turbulent times -Implications for Knowledge management and organizational learning
To sustain competitiveness in turbulent environments SMEs face major challenges due to their limited human, organizational and financial resources and capabilities. On the other hand, family-like structures and informal decision-making enable adaptation to turbulent environments. Therefore, SMEs need to develop resilience to withstand current crises and agility to exploit and explore opportunities provided by changes in the business environment. The track will explore the specific challenges of and possible solutions to resilience of SMEs. We invite theoretical papers, cases and pragmatic approaches from practice.

Contributions are invited to address - amongst others - the following questions:
  • What makes SMEs resilient?
  • What is the interrelation of resilience, agility, and dynamic capabilities of SMEs?
  • Which competitive strategies contribute to resilience?
  • How to measure resilience or vulnerability of SMEs?
  • How can knowledge management practices and organizational learning contribute to resilience?
  • How can collaboration and networks enhance resilience of SMEs?

Resilience, SMEs, turbulent environments, dynamic capabilities, agility, competitive strategies, knowledge management practices, organizational learning

Klaus North | Wiesbaden Business School, Germany
Susanne Durst | University of Skövde, Sweden
Isabel Ramos | University of Minho, Portugal
Gregorio Varvakis | Federal University of Santa Caterina, Brazil
Stefan Güldenberg | University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein