Resilience Strengthening Policies: Research on the Role of Public Grants (CROREP)

Grant holder institution: University of Dubrovnik
Duration:  September 1, 2021 – February 28, 2023 
EIZ member: Ivan Žilić

The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted the Croatian government to develop a series of public policies aimed at strengthening the overall resilience of domestic companies. Organizational resilience refers to the process by which organizations use their resources and abilities to interact with the environment in a way that will allow them to positively adjust and maintain functionality before, during, and after the occurrence of an adverse event. The key policies of the Croatian government aimed at strengthening companies' resilience to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic were public support measures. By conducting two interrelated studies, we plan to examine the challenges and outcomes associated with resilience policies. Due to the multidimensionality of the organizational resilience construct, the use of only one methodology and the implementation of one study would not adequately capture the complexity of the phenomenon. Therefore, we suggest the use of several methods, conducting one quantitative (multivariate analysis) and one qualitative (qualitative comparative analysis) study. The research project responds to a call to analyse the role of public and economic policies in a pandemic in recovering and increasing the resilience of entrepreneurship and the non-profit sector. The design of the research is very innovative and offers a high level of transferability to similar future research in the context of organizational resilience and public policies. The ability to identify key organizational resilience factors and assess the success of economic policies in increasing the resilience of business organizations will provide invaluable insights into developing and implementing better public and economic policies in the event of external shocks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed project will also provide a useful model for effective partnerships in research and practice, which will potentially allow the proposed research to be extended to other institutional environments.

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