Urban and spatial perspectives on the Covid-19 crisis

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The Berlin-based urban geography and policy consultancy Multiplicities has started a new blog compiling urban perspectives of dealing with the crisis. The authors argue that urban policy responses need to go through three phases: co-developing urgent medical and practical equipment and other relevant infrastructure to save lives; developing secondary equipment, material infrastructures and small-scale interventions to cope with physical distance over longer periods; and co-developing tools, infrastructures and services to restart the urban economy. In all phases, models of urban co-creation and collaborative creative practices, such as those well-known from Berlin, play a key role – although also these models now need to find new formats in line with the premises of “social distancing”. To date, examples are presented from Berlin, Birmingham and Lisbon on the blog.

photo by: Bastian Lange

Talking about Organizations: Podcast on The Hudson’s Bay Company

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The “Talking About Organizations” podcast is always worth listening to. It does what it promises to do: engaging in conversations about management and organization studies, usually on the basis of foundational publications and theories, but then veering into their contemporary relevance. In it’s most recent episode, it discusses the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company, a 17th century trading firm which faced multiple pandemics during its early existence.  Based on two publications – O’Leary, Orlikowski, and Yates’ 2002 chapter titled Distributed work over the centuries: Trust and control in the Hudson’s Bay Company, 1670-1826” and Hackett’s Averting disaster: The Hudson’s Bay Company and smallpox in Western Canada during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries published in 2004 in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine – it discusses parallels to today’s pandemic.

Lessons from crisis management: Rapid innovation

In this video, Saïd Business School (University of Oxford) professors Andrew Stephen, Anette Mikes and Marc Ventresca reflect on the challenges involved in situations rife with technical complexity, public anxiety and political issues, using evidence from the Chilean Mining Rescue and the Kursk submarine disaster, and discuss ways in which crisis can give way to innovation.

 

New guest lecture on Youtube channel

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We welcome our first guest lecturer, Professor Markus Reihlen from the Leuphana University Lüneburg in Germany.  Professor Reihlen has recorded a lecture on crisis management for his Strategic Management class at Leuphana, which of course also had to be digitalized this term. He kindly shared his recording, which is a great complement to our classes because it gives a basic introduction into different kinds of crises and also an outlook on the strategic management of crisis. You find the lecture on our Youtube channel here.

Have you been tested?

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In a special issue forthcoming in the British Journal of Sociology compiled shortly before the Covid19 outbreak, an interdisciplinary group of scholars around Noortje Marres and David Stark examine the role of testing in society which, as the authors show, clearly reaches far beyond medical tests. Each article is briefly introduced in short videos here and put in relation to the current Covid19 crisis, which is putting us all to test in various way – us as people, our social relations, our organizations, and our institutions. What a great complementary source to our course material!

 

JKU Corona Update

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Leider nur auf Deutsch verfügbar, aber ein tolles neues Format der Wissenschaftskommunikation: JKU Rektor Meinhard Lukas hat Anfang April den JKU Corona Update gestartet, eine Serie von Zoom-Videointerviews mit Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern der JKU und dazugeladenen Gastrednern. Rektor Lukas stellte aktuelle Thesen und Entwicklungen in Form von kritischen Fragen an die Kolleginnen und Kollegen zu Diskussion und die Ergebnisse über einen Youtube-Kanal der breiten Öffentlichkeit zur Verfügung. Ich selbst wurde dazu befragt, inwieweit die Krise eine Chance für nachhaltige Entwicklung in verschiedenen Bereichen, beispielsweise nachhaltige Wertschöpfungsketten oder dem Klimawandel, bieten kann.

Covid-19 insights from business sustainability scholars

Business sustainability researchers provide insights, evidence-based solutions, and research suggestions for the Covid-19 pandemic and for other natural environmental disasters and stressors. On this blog, they are sharing their thoughts on the current crisis in relation to business and management research. A summary and six key takeaways can be found here

Interdisciplinary coronavirus reading lists

In case you want to read more widely about the cornavirus crisis, learning about the history of pandemics or gaining deeper insights into virology research, there are now several interesting sources of information available.

JSTOR, for instance, provides openly available access to a collection of essays and articles from different disciplines published over the last five years that provide “historical, scientific, and cultural context for this unprecedented situation”. The list is updated regularly with new insights.

A team around publicist, writer and researcher Evgeny Morozov, supported by artificial intelligence and algorithms, is providing curated syllabi on different topics each week, “featuring pieces that cut across text, video and audio”. It has a regular special edition on Covid-19.