Graduate School of Business
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
small business, owners, managers, COVID-19, pandemic
Blake, Farrel Anthony, "Exploring the COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Hawai'ian Small Businesses" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3421.
The COVID-19 pandemic has a profound and devastating impact on small businesses across the globe, especially and noticeable in the state of Hawai’i. The virus outbreak has disrupted the operations of all small business industries. This qualitative case study addressed the general problem of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Hawai’ian small businesses. The research provided a detailed understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on key research questions to comprehend the problem statement. The case study findings provided an understanding of how small business owners and managers managed to remain sustainable since the start of the pandemic outbreak. Collectively, 15 small business owners and managers provided detailed life experience information to inform these research findings. Furthermore, the research case study findings indicated how Hawai’ian small business owners and managers became adaptive and innovative in their business strategies as the pandemic outbreak worsened. The research identified essential lessons further to educate business leaders, students, and scholars. Notably, the research provided recommendations for future research and application to professional practice.