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Ownership and business resilience during a pandemic

Exploring how financial markets fare during the Covid-19 crisis, scholars have begun to probe into organizational factors at the firm level in order to understand the different response by companies. Our key goal is to test whether the involvement of families in ownership and governance roles influenced the financial performance and strategic actions of Italian listed firms during the Covid-19 pandemic. We will conduct the analysis using data from Italy, one of the most severely hit countries by Covid-19. Our assessment relates to a growing literature on organizational resilience and the ability of firms to overcome crisis periods. While the literature in this area has explored this topic in the context of financial crises or natural disasters, the drivers of firms’ performance during a pandemic remain unexplored. Yet, as we will argue, a pandemic may require a specific orchestration of resources and strategic actions that are useful to explore in order to uncover the broader implications of Covid-19 on the business landscape.

Lead investigator:

Mario Daniele Amore

Affiliation:

Bocconi University

Primary topic:

Business, big & small

Region of data collection:

Europe

Country of data collection

Italy

Status of data collection

Planned

Type of data being collected:

Publicly available

Unit of real-time data collection

Firms