10 great stories of leadership, strategy and hope in the face of disruption in 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted organizations around the world in 2020. Here is our list of 10 must-read articles offering insights into how leaders and managers have faced the challenges of this extraordinary year.
Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change Jennifer Jordan, Professor of Innovation and Strategy Michael Wade and Elizabeth Teracino
Leaders must balance traditional “old style” methods of leadership like positional authority with emerging methods that include adjusting for new information and sudden changes. Here the experts unpack the tensions that arise, the dangers if they are ignored and ways to achieve the perfect balance.
Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior Alyson Meister, Wei Zheng and Brianna Barker Caza
This is a fascinating look into how we tell our stories and how that influences both leadership style and support for peers in our organizations. The authors highlight four distinct types of leadership narratives – being, engaging, performing and accepting – and delve into timely issues like gender disparities.
Professor of Innovation and Strategy Michael Wade and Heidi Bjerkan
Response strategies that match organizational infrastructure and emerging market trends will offer significant opportunities for companies – from expanding and scaling the scope of their organizations to overhauling infrastructure for increased production and capacity.
Professor of Finance Arturo Bris and senior UBS executives Massimiliano Castelli and Philipp Salman
Will your company be a winner or a loser as the world becomes less globalized? Based on a whitepaper by the authors, this article provides highlights of which trends will influence portfolios for the post-COVID-19 world.
Affiliate Professor of Strategy and Digital Transformation Didier Bonnet and George Westerman
Digital mastery is now more important than ever – truly transforming the way companies do business. By revisiting their landmark research, Bonnet and Westerman address how the competitive advantages offered by digital technology have evolved.
Professor of Operations Management Ralf W. Seifert and Richard Markoff
Building business cases for the Fourth Industrial Revolution – known as Industry 4.0 – is notoriously hard work due to the myriad of technologies available. But there is room for compelling opportunities due to spikes in e-commerce demand, the use of AI in demand planning and initiatives that emphasize efficiency.
Professor of AI, Analytics and Marketing Strategy Amit Joshi
The effective management of “tech ethics” will prove a crucial differentiator for companies in the post-pandemic world. As consumers succumb to the silent creep of data analytics, companies must address these issues or suffer the consequences.
IMD Head of Sustainability Natalia Olynec
In this article curated by Olynec, IMD faculty identify nine key innovations that will contribute to business and societal transformation. From carbon capture to mitigate climate change, to dismantling barriers to gender equality, professors make their cases for charting a clear path to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior George Kohlrieser
2020’s end-of-year holidays are the first of their kind, altered dramatically by the pandemic and an attempt to keep the public health crisis to manageable levels. As people face the bleak perspective of spending the holidays alone, Kohlrieser spells out how managers can do their part to buoy spirits.
IMD President and Nestlé Chaired Professor Jean-François Manzoni
This exclusive video interview with Manzoni and LEGO Brand Group Executive Chairman explores the company’s strong performance during this year’s global lockdown. Its deep-rooted culture of resilience and agility focuses on putting people first, and only then, securing business continuity.