The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same: Demand-Side Responses to Economic Shocks
40 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021
Date Written: July 2, 2021
When demand drops in an economic crisis, managers rely on an arsenal of demand-side responses to retain existing customers or attract new ones. However, some strategic responses are likely more effective than others. Furthermore, the most effective strategic response likely also depends on firm-specific characteristics that are often elided in theorizing and empirical work. We rely on a survey on strategic responses of Norwegian firms during the Great Recession and investigate demand-side responses of Norwegian CEOs. Findings indeed demonstrate that characteristics like the size of the demand shock and the pre-recession strategy determine demand-side responses during an economic recession.
Keywords: Strategic Response, Demand, Firm-Level Strategy, Recession
JEL Classification: E30, G01, L10
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