Microbusiness Collaboration as a Strategy to Increase Resilience in Natural Disasters: The Case of Coastal El Niño in Peru 2017

Jorge Vargas-Florez, Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo, Martin Hingley, Rosario Michel-Villarreal

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Abstract

Microbusiness, MB, importance for the global economy is uncontestable; they have huge participation of the world's production. In Peru, small-and medium-enterprises, SMEs, are 99% of the total of existing companies and contribute approximately 47% of the country's GDP; MBs are grouped within SMEs. They are the greatest generators of employment, although this may be informal and of poor quality. MBs confront difficulties, mainly due to their limited human and financial resources. Theories around how to deal with it have been developed mainly with big enterprises in mind, and this has little connection with what happens inside MBs. Accordingly, this chapter offers collaboration as a response strategy in case of a disruptive event to support MB resilience construction. This is contextualized from the experience of the Peruvian Costal El Niño 2017 and illustrated through the actions that a MB case (a beekeeper) took to deal with it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Urban and Humanitarian Logistics
EditorsJesus Gonzalez-Feliu, Mario Chong, Jorge Vargas Florez , Julio Padilla Solis
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781522581611
ISBN (Print)9781522581604
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2019

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    Vargas-Florez, J., Vilalta-Perdomo, E., Hingley, M., & Michel-Villarreal, R. (2019). Microbusiness Collaboration as a Strategy to Increase Resilience in Natural Disasters: The Case of Coastal El Niño in Peru 2017. In J. Gonzalez-Feliu, M. Chong, J. V. Florez , & J. Padilla Solis (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Urban and Humanitarian Logistics IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-8160-4.ch017