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Title: Women MSMEs in times of crisis: challenges and opportunities
Authors: Sultan, Suhail 
Sultan, Wasim 
Keywords: Women MSMEs;Women in economic development - Palestine;COVID-19 (Disease) - Economic aspects - Palestine;Technological innovations - Economic aspects - Palestine;Crisis management
Issue Date: 6-Jul-2020
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
Journal: Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 
Abstract: Purpose – This study addresses the impact of the corona crisis on the performance of women small- to medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and explores the adopted innovative strategies by these women to stay in their businesses. Design/methodology/approach – Both quantitative and qualitative methods are used in this crosssectional country-level survey. A representative sample of 260 Palestinian women businesses completed the questionnaire. As well, semi-structured interviews have been conducted with 15 female entrepreneurs who succeeded to survive to collect qualitative data. Frequencies, cross-tabulations and Chi-Square tests are used to analyze quantitative data and thematic analysis is used to analyze the qualitative one. Findings – The main findings show that the corona crisis harms the performance of many women MSMEs in terms of production, turnover profit. To reduce their lost sales during the crisis, women are more likely to benefit from social media and promotions than other methods. This study highlights the innovation strategies applied by the women MSMEs who managed to survive such as, among others, cash management and digital marketing. Practical implications – The innovation strategies could be a road map for other women struggling MSMEs businesses to re-enter businesses again. Originality/value – So far, little research has focused on women MSMEs in developing countries. The identified innovation strategies will potentially help aspiring women MSMEs to survive during the economic crisis.
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