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Author(s): Kuldeep Bhalerao, Vaishali Patil, Shalini Swamy

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DOI: 10.52711/2321-5763.2022.00021   

Address: Kuldeep Bhalerao1, Vaishali Patil2, Shalini Swamy3
1Assistant Professor, Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Institute of Management Studies and Research, Navi Mumbai.
2Professor and Senior Associate Dean- Research, Publication and IT, Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai.
3Assistant Professor, Department of Management, JSPM’s Imperial College of Engineering and Research, Pune.
*Corresponding Author

Published In:   Volume - 13,      Issue - 2,     Year - 2022

Purpose: The purpose of the study is to explore the SME business scenario in COVID 19 pandemic and to examine and discuss the effect of COVID 19 on small and medium enterprises. Design/Methodology/Approach: This study is based on a literature review of COVID-19 pandemic effect on small and medium firms. The researchers have collected secondary data from various sources like Research papers, websites, Reports, and newspapers. Findings: The study investigated that COVID 19 pandemic has severely impacted SMEs around the world. The lockdown has disrupted the supply chain and manufacturing of products, many jobs are at stake and a considerable amount of SMEs could not continue their businesses and unfortunately, they have closed the businesses. Governments around the world are trying to save the SME sector by formulating various schemes and policies.

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Kuldeep Bhalerao, Vaishali Patil, Shalini Swamy. Impact of COVID 19 on Small and Medium Enterprises. Asian Journal of Management. 2022;13(2):115-9. doi: 10.52711/2321-5763.2022.00021

Kuldeep Bhalerao, Vaishali Patil, Shalini Swamy. Impact of COVID 19 on Small and Medium Enterprises. Asian Journal of Management. 2022;13(2):115-9. doi: 10.52711/2321-5763.2022.00021   Available on:

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