Diversity, Innovations, and Entrepreneurship in Post-crisis Periods

A special issue of Administrative Sciences (ISSN 2076-3387).

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Dear Colleagues,

This special issue is devoted to publishing fresh research findings relevant to diversity, innovations, and entrepreneurship in post-crisis periods in general, and during the post-COVID-19 pandemic, in particular. Based on the findings, this Special Issue will present a set of implications for scholars and managers. Scholars argue that, in the crisis period, managerial and organizational resources need to be developed to capitalize on team diversities (Tang et al., 2021), to reap the benefits of different nationalities, knowledge areas, and cultures (Bocquet et al., 2019).

Similar topics have been already explored before the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., Belitski et al., 2021). This Special Issue of the Administrative Science journal sheds new light on the post-pandemic relationship between diversity, innovation, and entrepreneurship suggesting new future research opportunities since innovation has been implied as one of the most effective entrepreneurial responses to crises (Bocquet et al., 2019; Wenzel et al., 2020).


Matthias Wenzel, Sarah Stanske, Marvin B. Lieberman, Strategic responses to crisis, Strategic Management Journal, 2021, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp. O16–O27.

Maksim Belitski, Rosa Caiazza & Erik E. Lehmann. Knowledge frontiers and boundaries in entrepreneurship research, Small Business Economics, 2021, volume 56, pages 521–531.

Rachel Bocquet, Christian Le Bas, Caroline Mothe, Nicolas Poussing, Strategic CSR for innovation in SMEs: Does diversity matter? 2019, Long Range Planning, 52, 101913.

Tanya (Ya) Tang, Gregory J. Fisher, William J. Qualls. The effects of inbound open innovation, outbound open innovation, and team role diversity on open-source software project performance, 2021, Industrial Marketing Management, 94, pp. 216–228.

Trenton Alma Williams; Robert Nason; Marcus T. Wolfe; Jeremy C. Short. Seizing the moment—Strategy, social entrepreneurship, and the pursuit of impact. 2023. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, in press.

Didzis Rutitis; Anete Smoca; Inga Uvarova; Janis Brizga; Dzintra Atstaja; Inese Mavlutova. Sustainable Value Chain of Industrial Biocomposite Consumption: Influence of COVID-19 and Consumer Behavior. 2022. Energies, 15(2), 466.

Natālija Cudečka-Puriņa; Dzintra Atstāja; Viktor Koval; Māris Purviņš; Pavlo Nesenenko; Oleksandr Tkach. Achievement of sustainable development goals through the implementation of circular economy and developing regional cooperation. 2022. Energies, 15(11), 4072.

Elias G. Carayannis; E. G., David F. J. Campbell; Evangelos Grigoroudis. Helix trilogy: The triple, quadruple, and quintuple innovation helices from a theory, policy, and practice set of perspectives. 2022. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 13(3), 2272–2301.

Prof. Dr. Andrejs Čirjevskis
Prof. Dr. Dzintra Atstāja
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  • COVID-19
  • crises
  • cultural diversity
  • team diversity
  • gender diversity
  • generational diversity
  • professional diversity firm innovation
  • entrepreneurship
  • sustainable development
  • digitalization
  • quadruple helix concept
  • partnership
  • circular economy
  • financial performance
  • SDG
  • global polycrisis
  • innovation community

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Rebuilding the Workplace in the Post-Pandemic Age through Human Capital Development Programs: A Moderated Mediation Model
by Najib Bouzakhem, Panteha Farmanesh, Pouya Zargar, Muhieddine Ramadan, Hala Baydoun, Amira Daouk and Ali Mouazen
Adm. Sci. 2023, 13(7), 164; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci13070164 - 12 Jul 2023
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Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has experienced major technological and procedural changes that will continue in the post-pandemic age. For this reason, firms are expected to learn from such an unprecedented experience and ensure that the managerial and workforce practices in [...] Read more.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has experienced major technological and procedural changes that will continue in the post-pandemic age. For this reason, firms are expected to learn from such an unprecedented experience and ensure that the managerial and workforce practices in the post-pandemic period are directed toward rebuilding and reinventing the workplace. Within the scope of the research topic: “Diversity, Innovations, and Entrepreneurship in Post-crisis Periods”, this study accentuates the positive impact of human capital development programs in enhancing employee performance. Moreover, the roles of resilience, empowerment, and mimetic isomorphism are analyzed to better enable firms to learn from their past experience and develop practices that fit the agile environment. A questionnaire was administered targeting 370 employees in 12 SMEs in Lebanon. A conditional analysis was used to test the hypotheses through SPSS, PROCESS. The results of this study showed that the deployment of developmental programs is deemed indispensable for enhancing the performance of SME employees and helping them overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic through empowerment and resilience. This study can be useful for academics who might benefit from its theoretical implications and prospective directions for future analyses. Moreover, its results can also be helpful for practitioners, specifically managers of SMEs who are seeking to reinvent their workplace in a responsive way in the post-pandemic age. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Diversity, Innovations, and Entrepreneurship in Post-crisis Periods)
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