Scientists from 23 countries, led by Professors Yud Stephen and Presmiszva Zprovsky, conducted the study. More than 5,000 entrepreneurs answered questions about the impact of the epidemic and the crisis in their lives and their careers. Polish entrepreneurs also took part in the study, which was very positive compared to the representatives of other countries.
During April-August 2020, a team of researchers from King’s College London and 22 universities conducted an international survey of entrepreneurs led by professors Yud Stephen and Presmis Zprovsky from the University of Economics in Katowice. A team of more than 5,000 respondents from 23 countries had to answer questions about the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus infection and the crisis in their lives and businesses. Respondents include Polish representatives of small and medium enterprises and self-employed persons.
Compared to other countries, as noted by Professor Presmiszva Zprovsky of the University of Economics in Katowice, the Polish study came out very satisfactorily.
– “You can say that these results are expected and consistent with macroeconomic data” – the professor pointed out. Presmiswa Zprovsky of the University of Economics in Katowice.
The data cited in the study show that 44 percent. Polish business owners are concerned about the continued presence of their company. In this case, it is the result of 17 percent. Less than 61% of the average of 23 countries. The vast majority (64%) of Polish respondents said they had experienced a decline in income. The result is similar, but still lower than the 23-nation average, which was 75%. Also, only 18 percent. Polish owners of small and medium enterprises were forced to say goodbye to their subsidiaries, while in the world this indicator was 28%.
Research shows that 87 percent. Polish entrepreneurs were eager for financial assistance prepared by the government of the Republic of Poland, while in the world it was 62 percent.
Professor Presmis Zprovsky pointed out that despite the above signs, the poles have not lost their confidence. According to the expert, state entrepreneurs are more courageous and creatively motivated, not increasing anxiety in them, which determines their mental balance. As with the Polish results, the global values quoted above are for professors. Przemysław Zbierowski, no wonder. That includes the fact that life satisfaction in the world has dropped by 12 percent compared to Poland.
Researchers were surprised by the different behaviors of entrepreneurs facing the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus infection. For example, some entrepreneurs have adjusted their business plans to the current situation.
Some employers and self-employed people consider the implementation of communication tools over the Internet as a good opportunity for the rapid development of the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus infection. Others have decided to cut supply chains in favor of using local contractors and customers. There were also entrepreneurs who used epidemics as a good moment to think about career and life.
“The result was often a range of economic activities, which gives them tremendous satisfaction” – the professor pointed out. Presmiswa Zprovsky of the University of Economics in Katowice.
Experts were impressed by the results of the three symptoms: the regression of entrepreneurs and their ability to adapt to the new situation, and their involvement in helping those in need with an epidemic. For the first two symptoms, studies say 68 percent. Entrepreneurs changed their business plans, while 39 percent. Respondents pointed out that the epidemic situation created business opportunities. Corona virus infection does not save 70 percent of SARS-CoV-2 entrepreneurs. Announced an increase in the number of jobs at the end of the epidemic.
Representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises donate their own products, products or services to those in need, with 51 per cent of research results related to helping those in need with an epidemic. 43 percent of respondents personally helped those in need.
Exactly 5,206 entrepreneurs participated in this research, of whom 3,796 were owners or managers of small and medium enterprises and 1,410 were self-employed. Respondents include Australia, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federal Republic of Brazil, Republic of Canada, Republic of Chile, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Colombia, Kingdom of Denmark, French Republic, Germany, Republic of India, Republic of Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Kingdom of Norway, Pakistan Islamic Republic, Republic of Poland, Slovak Republic, Kingdom of Spain, Kingdom of Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain, and the United States.
According to the report, selected countries are responsible for the world’s GDP, and they represent more than half of all the world’s population.
The recruitment of respondents was based on entrepreneurial databases, social media and collaboration with entrepreneurial organizations. The research was carried out in two ways. It is based on an online survey that all participants must complete. Journal research in countries such as the Republic of Poland, the Kingdom of Spain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the Kingdom of Sweden, the Republic of Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. Interviewers are required for daily telephone conversations with entrepreneurs within two weeks. Research in Poland before and after SARS-CoV-2 corona virus infection was conducted in two rounds. 120, then 88 entrepreneurs participated.
The above research was carried out by Professor. Przemysław Zbierowski and professor at the University of Economics in Katowice. Jude Stephen of King’s College London is an extension of years of research into the well-being of entrepreneurs and their families during SARS-CoV-2 epidemics.
Professor. Przemysław Zbierowski – Entrepreneur, Dr To. Economic Science, Associate Professor.
President of the College of Management in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Economics in Katowice. Author of more than 150 scientific papers. He has managed several research projects and the National Science Center in the field of entrepreneurship funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program. Winner of the 2018 European Commission Maria Curie-Skodovska Scholarship.