Entrepreneurs responding to the Covid-19 crisis: evidence from Ireland

Simon Stephens, Christopher McLaughlin, Katrina McLaughlin

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The aim of this paper is to explore the impact that the initial stages of the COVID-19 crisis had on entrepreneurs. We present the experiences of fifteen entrepreneurs. The data was collected, using interviews. We focus on the impact that the temporary business closures which were introduced had on the entrepreneurs’ ability and propensity to continue. The interviews took place during a period of great uncertainty for the entrepreneurs and at times when their availability was extremely limited. We present data characterising the entrepreneurs; their experience during a time of crisis; and the enablers and disablers to the continuation of their entrepreneurial journey. Our analysis is
based on four themes from the literature: the psychological wellbeing of the entrepreneurs; their changing attitudes to entrepreneurship; the changes they made to their business; and the supports that they needed. The outcome is novel insights into the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-156
Number of pages14
JournalThe Irish Journal of Management
Issue number2
Early online date29 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2 Apr 2022


  • psychological wellbeing
  • crisis
  • entrepreneurial journey
  • resilience
  • covid-19


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