Hosted by the the Business & Society Program within the renowned Aspen Institute, the “Ideas Worth Teaching Award” is one of the most prestigious awards for teaching in business and management education. And we are very happy and proud to announce that our course “Organizing in Times of Crisis” is among the nine winners of the 2020 competition – selected out of over 100 nominations.
As recipients of the award, Elke Schüßler (University of Linz) and Leonhard Dobusch (University of Innsbruck) were invited to introduce our joint course in no longer than 45 seconds – check out the video below:
Urs Bolter is member of the Management Board of Blum, an international and family-owned manufacturer of furniture hardware with its headquarter in the Austrian province Vorarlberg. Blum employs close to 8.000 people and, in addition to Austria, has production plants in the United States, in Poland and in Brazil.
In this interview, Leonhard Dobusch, Professor of Organization at University of Innsbruck, speaks with Urs Bolter about the challenges Blum faces in managing (through) the ongoing Corona crisis.
Daniel Geiger, together with two co-authors, recently published a brief article in BMJ Leader entitled “Managing enduring public health emergencies such as COVID-19: lessons from Uganda Red Cross Society’s Ebola virus disease response operation”. The abstract reads as follows:
In this piece, we translate insights from our study of routine coordination in the Ebola virus disease response operation by Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) for managing long-lasting public health emergencies. We further show how these lessons are relevant to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. Commonly, emergency response organisations, like the URCS or hospitals, are ill equipped to handle longer lasting emergencies. These emergencies require special measures that combine ad-hoc action, continuous awareness over longer time periods, and the collaboration of multiple actors such as the government, public health institutions and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Thomas Gegenhuber investigates in his lecture new and alternative forms of organizing and how they can contribute to coping with the crisis. An example he uses during his lecture is the #wevsvirus [#wirvsvirus in German] hackathon hosted by the German Federal Government. The hackathon also falls into the category of open social innovation: a bureaucratic organization, such as the German Government, making an open call to civil society in search of solutions for the crisis at hand.
Dennis Schoeneborn, Professor of Organization, Communication, and CSR at Copenhagen Business School, and Visiting Professor of Organization Studies at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, discusses our use of metaphors when discussing the Covid-19 pandemic. He argues that the “current crisis situation is also a crisis of collective imagination and sensemaking”. Check out the full blog post at the Business of Society blog.
Linking to our session on inequality, organisations and COVID19, Hari Bapuji and his colleagues (2020) recently published a research paper on how inequality links to the COVID19 pandemic. Please find the paper “Corona crisis and inequality: Why management research needs a societal turn” here: https://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/lkcsb_research/6552/
As of today, we proudly present version 1.0 of the standard course syllabus as well as all readings and assignments for the twelve classes of the course. Of course, we expect and encourage instructors who teach the course to tailor the course syllabus and assignments to their individual needs. So take the syllabus as one potential way of teaching the course.
Videos of the mini lectures will follow over the course of the next two weeks, so stay tuned.
A key task for students in the course “Organizing in Times of Crisis: The Case of Covid19” will be to write a research essay at the very end of the course. Reflecting on all they have learnt, the essay shall focus on one issue and deliver one point of insight gathered throughout the course. The mini lecture by Leonhard Dobusch on “How to Essay” focuses on the difference between research essays and seminar papers and offers a brief introducion on writing research essays.