FIRM AGILITY AND DIGITALISATION LESS HELPFUL THAN EXPECTED DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, BUT VALUABLE IN THE LONGER RUN

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dc.contributor.author Redek, Tjaša
dc.contributor.author Čater, Tomaž
dc.contributor.author Čater, Barbara
dc.contributor.author Černe, Matej
dc.contributor.author Koman, Matjaž
dc.contributor.other Ekonomická fakulta cs
dc.date.accessioned 2022-09-22T07:58:20Z
dc.date.available 2022-09-22T07:58:20Z
dc.identifier.issn 1212-3609
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.tul.cz/handle/15240/166030
dc.description.abstract Firms’ performance during exogenous crises depends on several factors, from strategic foresight, financial readiness, and a number of firm-specific as well as sectoral aspects, also including luck and government support. The aim of this paper is to investigate the extent to which the ‘crisis readiness’ of firms, defined by factors like a proactive strategic approach, digitalisation, and financial constraints, as well as the reliance on or availability of government support, is responsible for the outcome during the COVID-19 crisis compared to the long-run contribution made by these factors. The empirical investigation uses a unique combination of firm-level balance sheet data and unique survey data concerning the strategic focus and implementation of Industry 4.0. While the literature suggests that digitalisation, a strategic proactive approach, and crisis readiness (itself depending on several factors) impacted the firms significantly during the COVID-19 crisis, the results show firm performance primarily depended on other (sectoral) aspects serving as a major exogenous factor impacting their performance. During the crisis, digitalisation was additionally mentioned as an important adjustment factor. However, using firm-level data we show that while companies were able to mitigate certain impacts of the supply and demand shocks triggered by COVID-19 using their internal resources and characteristics, including strategic elements, the biggest explanatory factor remains the sector involved. This leads to important managerial and policy recommendations, principally stressing the importance of proactivity and agility for firms’ long-run performance, whereas in the short run the state must help mitigate the effects. en
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dc.publisher Technická Univerzita v Liberci cs
dc.publisher Technical university of Liberec, Czech Republic en
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dc.rights CC BY-NC
dc.subject COVID-19 en
dc.subject firm performance en
dc.subject crisis readiness en
dc.subject digitalisation, en
dc.subject firm-level evidence en
dc.subject.classification D22
dc.subject.classification E32
dc.subject.classification O32
dc.title FIRM AGILITY AND DIGITALISATION LESS HELPFUL THAN EXPECTED DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, BUT VALUABLE IN THE LONGER RUN en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.abbreviation TUL
dc.relation.isrefereed true
dc.identifier.doi 10.15240/tul/001/2022-3-005
dc.identifier.eissn 2336-5604
local.relation.volume 25
local.relation.issue 3
local.relation.abbreviation E+M cs
local.relation.abbreviation E&M en
local.faculty Faculty of Economics
local.citation.spage 69
local.citation.epage 87
local.access open
local.fulltext yes
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