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INNOVATIVE ACTIVITY IN SMES: CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS GROWTH
MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATIONS ; - (2):31-42, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1939535
ABSTRACT
During the pandemic, the tourism and hospitality sector was one of the worst-hit sectors in Seychelles. Due to the uncertainties in the 'new normal' environment, businesses had to devise strategies and tactics to survive and emerge from the turmoil. This event or the new normal was unexpected, and there is a lack of studies on this phenomenon in Seychelles. This qualitative study aimed to ascertain the impact of the pandemic and, subsequently, the tactics and strategies to survive and sustain the growth of SMEs in Seycheles. This research was a qualitative study in which semi-structured open-ended interviews were conducted. The objective was to collect in-depth data from the target population who were owners or operators of SMEs engaged in the tourism sector in Seychelles. Judgemental sampling was utilized. The researcher's professional judgment was used to select the participants who thematic analysis identified the themes that emerged from colected through interviews and transcribed data. The key impact of the pandemic uncovered in this study encompass increased uncertainty, a drop in sales leading to cash flow shortage, changes in customers, and an increase in operating costs. The main strategies to deal with the effect of the pandemic include cost-cutting, managing cash on hand, CSR involvement, flexible pricing, and implementing intensive growth strategies. The results are expected to provide policymakers in Seychelles with additional information that could be useful in forming policies that would help ease the struggles that businesses are encountering. The study also suggested that SMEs be more innovative and search for new opportunities to sustain and grow. To the sector in Seychelles.
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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Web of Science Type of study: Prognostic study / Qualitative research Language: English Journal: MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATIONS Year: 2022 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Web of Science Type of study: Prognostic study / Qualitative research Language: English Journal: MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT OF INNOVATIONS Year: 2022 Document Type: Article