Business survival during the pandemic crisis: a study on micro-enterprises in Sabah

Noor Fzlinda Fabeil and Khairul Hanim Pazim and Juliana Langgat Business survival during the pandemic crisis: a study on micro-enterprises in Sabah.

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The Covid-19 pandemic crisis has been viewed by many scholars as a 'sudden threat', to the global socio-economy. In Malaysia, the movement control order (MCO) has significantly disrupted the small businesses, especially the micro-enterprises, which are more financially-fragile than the larger counterparts. Micro-enterprise is the prime contributor to economic development, thus business survival strategy during a crisis is critical for this enterprise to endure in a new normal way of doing business. However, little is known about the survival approaches in which micro-enterprises respond during the pandemic crisis. This study explores the business survival strategy of 60 micro-entrepreneurs in Sabah during five phases of movement control orders in Malaysia. The results of structured questionnaires provide insights that micro-enterprises experienced a relatively severe impact of pandemic crisis than natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or political crises. It is found that most micro-entrepreneurs opt for online business as the main business survival approach during MCO. The majority of respondents perceived themselves as well-prepared for crisis though able to sustain only for 3-5 months of a crisis duration. This study hopes to provide insights on business survival approaches and the appropriate business supports for micro-enterprises during a crisis.

Item Type: Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Micro-enterprises , Business survival , Pandemic crisis
Subjects: D World History and History Of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Etc. > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: FACULTY > Faculty of Business, Economics and Accounting
Depositing User: DG MASNIAH AHMAD -
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2021 08:56
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2021 08:56

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