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Sustainability and Resiliency in Organizations during Times of Crises: Addressing the Challenges of COVID-19

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To aid the rapid dissemination of information surrounding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all publications fees for this Research Topic will be waived until 31st December 2020


The pandemic caused by COVID-19 affected markets on all continents and resulted in incalculable ...

To aid the rapid dissemination of information surrounding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all publications fees for this Research Topic will be waived until 31st December 2020


The pandemic caused by COVID-19 affected markets on all continents and resulted in incalculable losses for countries, organizations, and people. As with other crises; countries, organizations, and people will look for ways to return to normality. Organizational management faces different constraining factors. They range from economical hardship to problems with suppliers, the market and distribution to name a few. However, there is limited research on how organizations respond to a crisis such as COVID-19. Crises can be initiated, among other factors, by economic, warlike, or environment-related issues such as earthquakes, droughts and floods, tsunamis, etc. In general, crises are restricted geographically. The year 2020 brought us a new global crisis factor, the pandemic.

The purpose of this special collection is to understand how organizations, whether public, private or mixed, are facing COVID-19 or other crises, and how these affect organizations' sustainability efforts. The special collection will also be dedicated to providing insights into how organizations aim to become more resilient facing the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.

We invite submissions that draw upon theories and concepts from a variety of disciplines, as well as papers that explore contextual factors and conditions surrounding the special issue topic. We aim to publish empirical research, case studies, theoretical developments, and review papers. We are interested in manuscripts that bring together transdisciplinary knowledge of this Research Topic. Potential papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• New challenges and risks for sustainable organizations
• New organization forms to face precarity and crisis times
• Organizational change, innovation, and creativity in current trends of organizations and society
• Emergence of systems and structure to support sustainable organizations
• Sustainable project-based organizations
• The charm of precarity in evolving organizations
• Changes in trends in marketing and communication
• Human resources management in promoting sustainability
• Governance, management, and ethics affecting organizations in the current crisis


Keywords: Sustainable Organizations, COVID-19, Resilience, Organizations, Crises, Strategy


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