Resilience as An Intertwined Logic between The Individual And The Organization

Resilience as an intertwined logic between the individual and the organization: the case of ESSCA School of Management in times of lockdown In front of covid-19 pandemic, and the consequent lockdown of some European economies, organizations were obliged to react by adapting quickly to a new virtual world.

The capacity to overcome difficulties; the process of adapting in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, or significant sources of stress is called resilience. A system is resilient if it continues to carry out its mission in the face of adversity.


Societal and Economic Shifts Due to COVID-19

As the world rebalances, the entrepreneurial realm seeks to fill in missing gaps. After experiencing months of the global crisis and economic failure, our community recognizes the critical importance of capturing technology to address the cause, spread, and cure to crisis situations. However, there is only one step that is of greater importance to this technological establishment which would be the creation of an ecosystem that enables economic continuation through periods of serious stagnation and social distancing. Tech startup specialist, Constantijn van Oranje will join us live, in hopes of addressing the ways in which we can design and support a tech ecosystem and the subsequent tech startups as they strive to survive throughout a crisis. In asking the questions, What is needed to emerge successfully from the crisis?; Why is this important?; And What has Techleap done so far and how effective has it been? we will move closer to a greater understanding of the ways in which we can support small businesses and entrepreneurship throughout our new normal and future of uncertainty.


New ICSB Prime Time: Into the Unknown with Norris Krueger

This is a whole new world that’s opening up for talented new researchers, and it’s going to give them a seat at the table, but they have to pay attention, it has to be relevant and impactful for humanity, and they have to keep focus.”

Dr. Tarabishy, ICSB Executive Director, calls Norris Krueger the Nicolas Tesla of Entrepreneurship Research of today. Norris’s ability to invent, predict, and contribute to the development of hundreds of ideas in entrepreneurship plays a big part in our current research. A webinar with him will expand your thoughts and let you see new opportunities.


“Changing with the Times”

Arts & Entrepreneurship Series

Put forth by UNESCO, artists around the world engage with the “ResiliArt” movement to demonstrate how “confinement can also be a period of openness to others and to culture, to strengthen the links between artistic creation and society.” The movement remains strong despite the uncertainty and loss that many art institutions are currently facing. Similar to the experiences of many other businesses, art galleries and exhibits must take on new forms in our new world. Just as we have seen many innovative businesses take control of the situation by enhancing their digital presence, we will learn how artists and exhibit curators are innovating to continue their businesses. In imagining the way to captivate the social, cultural, and financial sectors of art, artists and entrepreneurs alike must reproduce the resilience of their work in the business’s reconstruction in the new normal. Join us as we share in the experience of hearing from Lenore Miller, Director of University Art Galleries and Chief Curator at the George Washington University. 


Teaching the SDGs: Global Examples

Thank you for joining us for an exciting and illuminating webinar showcasing how ICSB colleagues from around the world are teaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to their students and stakeholders This session is a follow-up to the ICSB sold-out certificate on Teaching the SDGs. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations present a novel approach to solving global issues. The session will look at a new coherent way of thinking about how issues as diverse as poverty, education, and climate change fit together; it entwines economic, social, and environmental targets. Speakers: Dr. Titilayo Olubunmi Olaposi is a Senior Research Fellow at the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Analia Pastran, Executive Director of Smartly Social Enterprise on the SDGs, New York Dr. Francisco Navarrete-Báez PhD. Professor-Researcher of the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) at Guadalajara City, Mexico. Alfonso Navarro Carvallo- CEO of Elite SDGs Consultoria


ICSB Membership Crash Course

As an organization committed to the support of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and the promotion of the ideas of entrepreneurship, we have taken this digital revolution to see how we can better advance the knowledge and practice of our members. To do this, we decided that it was time to change our membership practice. Your ability to engage with ICSB should not be determined by your country’s status within our organization. If you are ready to be uplifted through the ICSB international network so as to explore your entrepreneurship and research distribution potential, then an ICSB membership is for you!

ESHIP and ICSB: Discussion on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems 

Curious about the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and their big efforts to help grow entrepreneurial ecosystems? While Kauffman is USA-focused, their large ESHIP program has much to offer ICSB members. Join Norris Krueger and Kauffman’s Christine Lai and other ESHIP leaders to explore the many great ways that ESHIP and ICSB can work together (If you’re looking for great research questions…) For more, check out & We would love to have you get involved in any of the 7 ESHIP Goals and their projects!

Former ICSB officer Norris Krueger is better known for his innovative research and teaching but is now a “Goal Champion” for ESHIP. Norris is working to advance research on bottom-up, entrepreneur-led ecosystems.

Christine Lai works with Kauffman as a community activator for the ESHIP initiative focused on developing strategic partnerships. Other ESHIP Goal Champions will join us to answer questions about the Goals.

The Future of Entrepreneurship and MSMEs in The Arab World Post


جلسة المجلس الدولي للمشروعات الصغيرة (ICSB) باللغة العربية: مستقبل ريادة الأعمال والمشروعات الصغيرة والمتوسطة ومتناهية الصغر – مرحلة ما بعد الكورونا.

ICSB Exchange Webinars welcomes Dr. Hala Helmy El Said Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Arab Republic of Egypt, and all other distinguished panelists.

ICSB will host, for the first time, an Exchange Webinar in Arabic. Joining together, national and organizational leaders with small business owners and entrepreneurship educators, the group will discuss their understandings for the future of both entrepreneurship and MSMEs throughout the Arab World following the reintegration post-COVID-19.

According to the IMF, small and medium-sized enterprises are the “cornerstones of Arab economies.” As they constitute over 90 percent of all businesses, SMEs create the majority of new jobs while accounting for the majority of the region’s economic growth. Currently, policy schemes and interventions have been put in place, yet they have yet to see much progress. As the Arab world holds much potential, we feel it is important to discuss them.

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs in Kenya: Challenges and Opportunities

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) have been known to contribute greatly in economic growth of both developed and developing countries. According to a report published in the journal of Economic Literature in the year 2000 about the manufacturing firms in developing countries, the share of MSMEs in employment tends to be higher in developing countries, which are typically more focused on small-scale production.

Dr Moses L. Ngoze is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Business at the Technical University of Mombasa in Kenya; where he teaches and provides academic leadership in Entrepreneurship and Management Science disciplines at Undergraduate and Graduate levels. He is also an Associate Consultant/ Researcher of Management at Capital Strategies Kenya Limited, Nairobi in Kenya. His research interests are concentrated in the areas of corporate entrepreneurship dimensions, financial performance, business environments, manufacturing firms, BDS, MSMEs, industrial economics in Sub Saharan Africa.

ICSB & GOOGLE: Connect with Customers and Manage Your Business Remotely 

As our communities navigate this time of uncertainty, we know this is a uniquely challenging time for small business owners. To help, we’ve gathered some useful resources and Google tools to help you update critical business information online to keep customers informed, host virtual meetings and events, and access documents from anywhere. During today’s webinar we will discuss Google My Business, Google Hangouts and Google Drive.

Panelist: Randi Penfil- Grow with Google trainer. Randi is a speaker for the Grow with Google partner program. She has more than 20 years of experience helping small businesses and nonprofits improve their digital marketing.

As a professional speaker and trainer, Randi has educated thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs. Before becoming a Google-supported trainer, Randi educated and trained SMBs for Constant Contact as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Development Director. She brings enthusiasm and experience to every workshop and conversation about digital marketing. Her passion is helping small businesses take control of their digital footprint. #GrowwithGoogle #randipenfil

A Triple Helix Focus On Building An Innovation Ecosystem In UAE: SRTI Park

Sharjah Research, Technology & Innovation Park (SRTI Park) was established in 2016 by royal decree of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE, and Ruler of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. SRTI Park aims to develop and manage an innovation ecosystem within a free zone that promotes Research and Development and supports enterprise activities and the triple helix collaboration of industry, government, and academia. SRTI Park continues extensively in its efforts to attract and host knowledge-intensive businesses. The thematic pillars SRTI Park focuses on are water technology, renewable energy, environmental technology, digitization, Industrial Design 4.0, and Transportation & Logistics.

A conversation with H.E. Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi. Moderator: Dr. Winslow Sargeant, ICSB President-Elect

H.E. Hussain serves a dual role as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE) and as the CEO of the Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP). Both these entities were established through royal decree by the Ruler of Sharjah, who also directly appointed H.E. Hussain to these responsibilities in order to create collaborative long-term relationships between industry, academia and the public sector, fostering an ecosystem of enterprise and innovation.

Humane Entrepreneurship– The Elements That Make A Humane Enterprise 

Are there different elements within an organization and the leadership that make a firm more Humane than another? How about looking at an organization from different theoretical and or practical perspectives? Humane Entrepreneurship is different, but how is a key question to be answered.

Dr. Rosangela Feola, Dr. Antonio Botti, Dr. Massimiliano Vesci

A New Dawn for MSMEs & Start-ups

Things can change quickly in life. The security of one moment can quickly become impermanent before we have a chance to realize it. This is certainly the case with the crisis that has resulted from the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Millions of people globally have been infected, and thousands have already died from the outbreak. The general public is advised to remain socially distant from one another and to regularly wash their hands. The global economy has gone into freefall, a recession, if not a depression, now seems likely. Panic buying in the shops is common practice. No one knows what tomorrow holds.

Ahmed Osman is the President of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization devoted to small businesses internationally. The first Arab and African elected to this position since ICSB’s establishment in 1955 and the youngest President to date. ICSB is the platform that distributes new knowledge and information on small business management and entrepreneurial development. ICSB is the originator of the United Nations’ Resolution to create an International Name Day dedicated to Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises on June 27 (MSMEs Day). He is also the editor of the Global MSME Report for 2019. Ahmed is also the Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network in Egypt (GEN Egypt) and is a Project Management & Strategy Advisor for government and private organizations in Egypt.

Entrepreneurship and the Youth of Egypt: A Global Best Practice

ICSB Exchange – Global Knowledge Sharing by Members to Members.


How can a program like TVET help? We shine a light on their work and how they are doing.

Ms. Shoroke Zedan is the Executive Director of The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform Programme (TVET Egypt). The TVET program is a nationwide initiative co-funded by the Government of Egypt (GoE) and the European Union (EU). Operating across Egypt’s 27 governorates, the programmes’ mandate is to enhance Egypt’s socio-economic environment through the reform and development of Egypt’s most valuable resource-human capital. Her principal tasks have often involved coordination between partners and guiding the integration of programs on a large scale, which focused on systemic interventions using suitable and applicable methods.

ICSB & USASBE Fireside Chat on Online Education

ICSB Exchange – Global Knowledge Sharing by Members to Members.


Join on a Fireside Chat! A fireside chat on how to teach online from a faculty perspective. Many online educational tools and websites are now available for faculty to use in teaching. However, this fireside chat is designed by faculty to faculty where key lessons can be shared. What are the key knowledge nuggets and what are the pitfalls you can avoid?

The session panelists: Dr. Alex DeNoble, ICSB SVP of Partnership, Past President of USASBE, Dr. Jeffrey Alves, ICSB Editor of JICSB, ICSB and USASBE Past President Mrs. Dia Yusuf, ICSB Vice President of Partnerships

Session Moderated by: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy ICSB Executive Director Deputy Chair, Department of Management The George Washington University

Role of Entrepreneurship in Moments of Crisis

While the world rapidly changes in many ways, “New Normal” is becoming more the routine than the exception.

One of the latest burgeoning new normal? Digital education. Advancements in technology are changing learning methods, and sometimes the advancements or how fast they are accepted, or become the new normal, can be buoyed by necessity and circumstance.

This is How You Can Prepare to GO DIGITAL. 5 TIPS!

Introducing the New Journal for the International Council for Small Business JICSB

ICSB launched a new journal in 2020.

The Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB) explores the many dimensions of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) policy, economic development policy supporting MSMEs, and MSME performance. The journal is part of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB), a potent source of expertise and knowledge. The purpose of the Journal of the International Council for Small Business (JICSB) is to advance research and knowledge of policies and economic development as they relate to improving the performance and sustainability of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

JICSB will have a strong focus on orientation to research, business and industry. It will have a foot in both science and practice and can serve as a platform intermediary.

Come meet the Managing Editor of JICSB, Dr. Jeff Alves, Jeffrey R. Alves, and Past-President, ICSB. Also, Mr. Tom Conway, Publisher, Business, Economics, and Sociology Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Europe in Face of a Crisis – Tradition and Innovation Connect

ICSB Exchange – Global Knowledge Sharing by Members to Members.

Now, as Europe faces a global crisis, its drive to be together is even more important. SMEs will be hurt tremendously and the European countries and the EU need to come together to deliver a solution of the century. The traditions of the countries in Europe will welcome innovation to help everyone move forward. This webinar session will discuss some of the challenges and also present opportunities.

The session panelist:

Dr. Harmut Meyer, Director of Studies of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management at FOM, Germany.

Session Moderated by: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy ICSB Executive Director Deputy Chair, Department of Management The George Washington University

The SME Crisis in Asia: Innovation is Not an Option

ICSB Exchange – Global Knowledge Sharing by Members to Members.

Asia was hit first with the Covid-19 crisis. They had to figure it out without having a script or roadmap. Innovation was not an option for them as millions of lives were a stake. How did an entrepreneurial spirit and a can-do mindset mobilize everyone? How did Humane Entrepreneurship play a critical role?

The session panelist: Dr. KiChan Kim, ICSB Past President and Professor at Catholic University, Seoul, S. Korea

Session Moderated by: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy ICSB Executive Director Deputy Chair, Department of Management The George Washington University

Social Entrepreneurship Class at the GW School of Business

Social Entrepreneurship Course at GW School of Business in collaboration with ICSB and taught by Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy

Creativity & Innovation Course – Fall 2019

GW School of Business – Creativity & Innovation Course – Launch is Fall 2019 with Dr. El Tarabishy.


Interview with Dr. Chris Kayes 

Interview with Dr. Chris Kayes, Chair of the Management Department at the George Washington University. The interview is part of an online course and discusses leadership.

Interview with Dr. Paul Swiercz

Interview with Dr. Paul Swiercz, professor at the George Washington University School of Business about Human Resources.

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy (GWU): Social Impact Investing in the Tourism Sector

4th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Research & Policy Conference Hosted by GWU International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS) and GATEtrip.

Location: The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB)