A week in review

London Business School faculty share insights and ideas to guide and inspire you through the crisis and beyond


In order to mitigate the human and material cost of the coronavirus pandemic, we need data, insights, vision, leadership and empathy. 

Our faculty are sharing articles and online lectures that deal with all these aspects of the crisis and more. 

The aim of these free resources is to give you the tools and perspectives to lead through the pandemic. 

As many of us work remotely for the first time, we heard from Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, whose webinar focused on how we can communicate and collaborate effectively in these unprecedented times. You can find the video here.

Former Dean of the School and Professor of Management Practice Sir Andrew Likierman’s insights are available here. Sir Andrew gives us a framework for judgement that addresses how we balance the need for action when our knowledge is limited.

The next interactive session is at 12 noon GMT on Tuesday, 7 April when Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, will look to historical precedent with ‘Navigating a crisis: lessons from the Great Recession.’ 

To register for this talk and discover the whole interactive series, including sessions you may have missed, visit Leading through the Pandemic.

In addition, Professors of Economics Paolo Surico and Andrea Galeotti have combined their analysis in a landmark lecture series on the economics of the pandemic. 

Over four lectures, they compare different countries’ responses and share their views on which policies are working best. They examine the epidemiology of the disease and the differing responses of governments around the world, and quantify the economic cost of the crisis itself and the differing healthcare policies. Finally, they explore fiscal and monetary policies that will best reduce the economic impact.

Other resources that can be found on our Think at London Business School pages include features from Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean (Executive Education and Learning Innovation) on adaptation and agility in a crisis. As many businesses are forced to try out new, untried ways of working, Professor Birkinshaw also suggests an approach to failure and experimentation here.

Niro Sivanathan, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, gives advice on negotiations in a crisis and how to be more constructive and less adversarial for a better outcome. 

And to avoid costcutting and other kneejerk measures, Freek Vermeulen, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Faculty, offers his insights into how to retain strategic flexibility under pressure.

Beyond these features relating to the global pandemic, we also saw Eli Talmor, Professor of Accounting and founder of Private Equity at LBS, and Florin Vasvari, Professor of Accounting and Chair of the Accounting Faculty, survey the development of private equity and their acclaimed new book ‘Private Capital – Private Equity and Beyond’ in How we all became invested in private equity.