Sustaining SMEs and Entrepreneurial Innovation in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Sustaining SMEs and Entrepreneurial Innovation in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Neeta Baporikar (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia & University of Pune, India)
ISBN13: 9781799866329|ISBN10: 1799866327|EISBN13: 9781799866343|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6632-9

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SMEs and Entrepreneurship is a key factor in promoting proper economic development and ensuring entrepreneurial innovation and sustainability. This is going to be even more crucial post-pandemic. It is going to be difficult in the coming years for SME organizations to become global players and ensure that they remain competitive. Yet, as long as proper SMEs and Entrepreneurship policies and mechanisms are put in place to ensure that ethics and legal compliance occur, it will be achievable. Policymakers and leaders must be proactive and design policies apart from not indulging in unfair practices for short-term benefits. The role of government and leaders is to create a sustainable competitive advantage. This is possible only through effective SMEs and Entrepreneurship policies, mechanisms, and that in turn would ensure innovation and long-term sustainability even post-pandemic.

The scholarly value of the proposed publication is self-evident because of the increase in the emphasis placed on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability, and the difficulties that will arise in the post-pandemic era. Moreover, there is a dire need for understanding comprehensively the complexity in the process of SMEs and Entrepreneurship and its development since entrepreneurial innovation and sustainability are contextual. Competences and skills today are a crucial resource in SMEs and Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial innovation and sustainable development. Hence understanding competences and skills for SMEs and Entrepreneurship need to be analyzed and understood as the world of business is becoming more and more complex and complicated.

The proposed topic for publication will not only facilitate in identifying the SMEs and Entrepreneurship mechanisms, frameworks, competencies, and skills, which is imperative for economic development but will help in benchmarking with global practices. It will also aid entrepreneurs and global organizations to develop innovatively and become more sustainable. It will also aid the institutions of higher learning and educators to focus properly and help policymakers in designing and implementing policies that are more effective in the post-pandemic era.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Neeta Baporikar is currently Professor (Management) at Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business (HP-GSB), Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia. Prior to this, she was Head of Scientific Research with the Ministry of Higher Education CAS-Salalah, Sultanate of Oman, and Professor (Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship) at IIIT Pune and BITS, India. With more than a decade of experience in the industry, consultancy, and training, she made a lateral switch to research and academics in 1995. Prof. Baporikar holds D.Sc. (Management Studies) from the USA and Ph.D. in Management from the University of Pune, India with MBA (Distinction) and Law (Hons.) degrees. Apart from this, she is also an external reviewer, Oman Academic Accreditation Authority, Accredited Management Teacher, Qualified Trainer, FDP from EDII, Doctoral Guide, and Board Member of Academics Advisory Committee in accredited B-Schools. She has to her credit many conferred doctorates, is a member of international and editorial advisory boards, reviewer for Emerald, IGI Global, Inderscience, etc. She has also published numerous refereed papers and has authored books in the area of entrepreneurship, strategy, management, and higher education.