How faculty and alumni are leading during the COVID-19 crisis

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As medical experts rush to understand more about the public health implications of the coronavirus pandemic, the business community is searching for answers on how to protect their companies, adapt their operations, and lead their employees through these uncertain times.

Working with W. P. Carey faculty and alumni, we offer this timely collection of resources that provide an overview of the information that may be helpful as you confront the coronavirus challenge.


Read the real-time labor market research

As the coronavirus outbreak has shut down a substantial portion of the U.S. economy, Associate Professor of Economics Alexander Bick and his co-author Adam Blandin of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business provide more timely and frequent data available on the outbreak’s impact on the labor force.

U.S. labor market statistics are collected once a month and published with a three-week delay. The researcher's work provides data on labor market conditions every other week, and they publish results the same week, thereby reducing the current information lag.

The paper, titled "Real Time Labor Market Estimates During the 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak," has been covered extensively in major news outlets and blogs.

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The power of social capital video series

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management Mikaella Polyviou studies how businesses avoid sinking and recover from disruptions to their supply chains. In her research, titled “Resilience of Medium-Sized Firms to Supply Chain Disruptions: The Role of Internal Social Capital,” she examined how four different medium-sized companies — those with annual revenues between $10 million and $1 billion — dealt with disruptions.

Polyviou shares what supply chain disruptions are and how they may occur, key lessons for mid-sized companies, and the relational aspect of social capital, and why it is powerful in the context of supply chain disruptions.

Off the (supply) chain video series

Principal Lecturer and Assistant Chair of Supply Chain Management Eddie Davila hosted a video series with supply chain industry experts to get their take on how COVID-19 is affecting their businesses.

In Episode 1, Davila spoke with Practice Director - Value Chain at Network Services Michael Ledonne, who shared the effect of COVID-19 on the supply chain of so many items we used to take for granted.

In Episode 2, Davila spoke with Starbuck's Demand Planner Kurt Knapp (BS Finance/Supply Chain Management '17), who discussed how COVID-19 is affecting sustainable practices at Starbuck's.

In Episode 3, Davila spoke with Chief Supply Chain Officer of The Lakeline Group Greg Collins (MBA '97), who gave a short discussion on COVID-19’s effects on global supply chains.

Check back for new "Off the (supply) chain" videos.

Economics and COVID-19 video series

Professor of Economics Bart Hobijn discusses when COVID-19 shows up in macroeconomic data, the coronavirus stimulus package (CARES Act), the spike in unemployment claims and the unemployment rate, as well as the employment extension and expansion.

Leading through crisis video series

W. P. Carey alumnus Brian Gentile (MBA '92) currently serves as chairman for two private software companies while coaching software CEOs as a managing director with 10X CEO, a boutique, silicon valley-based CEO coaching practice. Additionally, he's an industry advisor to both the private investment firm of Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR) and an upstart venture capital fund called Pomegranate Ventures. Most of his time and focus is with CEOs and senior executives on matters of strategy, leadership development, and go-to-market excellence.

Gentile shares five steps for responding to a crisis (Phase 1), four steps to adjust your strategy and operating goals so your company can exist and succeed in the new reality (Phase 2), and the five-step process to rebound your business after a downturn (Phase 3).

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