COVID-19 as External Enabler of Entrepreneurship


For decades, entrepreneurship and strategy research has been dominated by agent-centric and inward-looking theoretical perspectives. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the limits of this stance, as its influence on business has been both enormous and palpable. For the most part, the effects of the pandemic are no doubt negative. Business research—and presumably business practice—typically address such influence in terms of failure, resilience and crisis management among existing businesses. Contrasting this prevalent discourse, we focus instead on positive influence of the pandemic for some emerging and new ventures. We analyse the many possible positive effects on entrepreneurship practice and highlight also positive effects on entrepreneurship research. We illustrate both positives by applying the External Enabler framework (Davidsson, Recker & von Briel, 2020).

Prof Per Davidsson



Per Davidsson is Talbot Family Foundation Professor in entrepreneurship at Queensland University of Technology, Australia and also holds a professorship at the Jönköping International Business School, Sweden. He is particularly known for his work on nascent entrepreneurship and small firm growth. His current interests include new venture creation as process, and the strategic use of changes to the business environment (technological, socio-cultural, regulatory, demographic, natural-environmental, etc.) in creating new business activities. Dedicated to community and capacity-building, Per has been an influential research leader in Sweden and Australia and engaged in research infrastructure development also in the USA, Latin America, and China. In 2010/11 he served as Chair of the ENT Division of the AoM as part of a five-year leadership cycle. He has served as associate editor for three leading, scholarly journals and reviewer for multiple mainstream management journals, publishers, and research foundations. His contributions have earned him an honorary doctorate (Leuphana, Germany), the Academy of Management ENT Division Mentor Award, and best paper awards from Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies, the AoM Annual Meeting and the BCERC. He has repeatedly been ranked top 10 in entrepreneurship globally by independent sources. In 2018 The Australian Research Supplement declared him #1 in lifetime achievement among Australian scholars in Business, Economics & Management.


Location: GP-B114 BoQ;
Start Date: 21/07/2021 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 12 noon
End Date: 21/07/2021
End Time: 1 pm
RSVP By: Tuesday 20th of July 2021
Organiser: Centre for Future Enterprise