A week in review

Insights and analysis from London Business School faculty to guide and inspire you through the crisis


While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak chaos on our communities, organisations and economies, our world-class faculty are responding at pace to address some of the most pressing issues facing business leaders.  

In a wealth of webinars, online lectures and articles, our faculty are covering topics as diverse as managing virtual teams effectively, calculating the economic cost of the crisis, and what vital lessons entrepreneurs and future leaders can learn from times of crisis.

The Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has launched a video series profiling experienced alumni entrepreneurs and lessons they've learned from past crises to offer some hope and guidance for others. 

Hosted by Luisa Alemany, Associate Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and Academic Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the #LBSResilientFounders series opened with an interview with technology founder Dr Paul D Atherton, MBA Graduate 1989.

A serial entrepreneur and investor in hi-tech start-ups, he tells founders that the lessons they learn during this most difficult of times, will be the most valuable in their lives. In the next instalment, Anna Szymanowska MBA2018, founder of health drink Fighter Shots, talks about maintaining sales while dealing with a supply chain crisis. Keep an eye out for future videos here. 

Meanwhile, our webinar series, Leading through a pandemic, hosted by Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; has attracted more than 10,000 viewers to date. 

This past week, Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, reflects on his research from the 2008-2010 financial crisis in Navigating a crisis: lessons from the Great Recession

In the interactive session, Professor Ioannou examines the trade-offs between short-term demands and longer-term investment.

The focus for Michael Jacobides, Sir Donald Gordon Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Professor of Strategy, was what we can learn from successful and failed turnarounds. He highlighted the ways leaders can push organisations to move beyond survival mode in the hope that they can come out stronger, more resilient and sustainable when this crisis subsides.  

All webinars in this series are available on our website here, including sessions you may have missed.  

Articles published on our Think at London Business School pages this week include:

And in the press around the world

Our faculty’s incisive views and expert commentary is always in demand by the world’s news outlets, and never more so than at this time. A few examples below:

Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, was interviewed by CNN this week on the opportunities and challenges associated with home working. Entitled, Working from home during the Coronavirus: The routine that helps, she talks about handling isolation issues, and how to get the upper hand on the vital technology that makes work from home possible. 

While, Michael Davies, senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who runs the New Technology Ventures programme at London Business School, wrote about how telcos are coping with increased demand in the UAE’s The National.

Colleen Cunningham, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, contributed to an article about how the pandemic could birth a new economic model in the world in the Big News Network

Our own news channels covered more.