Wheeler Institute introduces COVID-19 series

The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development seeks to offer solutions to the challenges created by COVID-19

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While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified throughout the world, The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at London Business School recognises that we are all linked together: no matter where we live, and no matter what we do. The toll on health is already profound, and the economic and social toll is likely to be enormous.

The Wheeler Institute seeks to understand, illuminate and offer solutions to the challenges created by COVID-19. Through the ‘Wheeler Institute COVID-19 series’, the Institute seeks to identify the role of business in addressing these challenges, with a focus on the implications and actions for those in developing countries.

The series adopts a unique approach, exploring not only the perspective of those leading enterprises and governments, but also the perspective of those struggling to make a living in the world’s most underprivileged communities.

The Institute’s aim is to bring together the expertise that exists in its community – LBS faculty, co-authors and academic expert contacts, students, as well as experts among the School’s alumni and extended community of practice – with the prospect of sharing information, insights and ideas about how to better harness the power of business for good.

Rajesh Chandy, Professor of Marketing and Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics at London Business School and co-Academic Directors of the Wheeler Institute conduct  a number of interviews to start the series. Many additional conversations, lectures and presentations will follow, complemented by an array of content from the Wheeler Institute team and wider community.

New content for the Wheeler Institute COVID-19 series is being released over the coming weeks via the London Business School and Wheeler Institute COVID-19 webpage, as well as The Wheeler Blog.


The series consists of three, closely related topics with the ambition of:

  • Interviewing academics featuring topical research
  • Discussing the role of business in developing solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Transferring ideas from across our wide geographic network to contexts that might otherwise not benefit from them
  • Encouraging collaboration


The Institute requests that if you hold a unique opinion, insight or point of view that might be relevant to this new series they would be very pleased to hear from you and has invited interested parties to reach out via wheelerinsitute@london.edu, social media, or the comment box given on the comment section located at the bottom of the page of each blog.