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COVID-19 and the administrative concepts neglected: reflections for leaders to enhance organizational development

Rosley Anholon (School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Dirceu Silva (Faculty of Education, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Jefferson Souza Pinto (Federal Institute of Education Science and Technology of São Paulo, Bragança Paulista, Brazil and School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Izabela Simon Rampasso (PNPD/CAPES Program, Doctoral Program in Sustainable Management Systems, Federal Fluminense University, Niterói, Brazil and School of Mechanical Engineering, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil)
Maria L.C. Domingos (Doctoral Program in Sustainable Management Systems, Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Janice H.O. Dias (Doctoral Program in Sustainable Management Systems, Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 February 2021

Issue publication date: 3 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss how COVID-19 pandemic forced several companies to reflect on their activities. Many organizational changes have been conducted and others will still be necessary. Some reflections are presented, as some aspects are well consolidated in academic literature while they are neglected by many leaders of companies. The authors believe that this viewpoint can support leaders to enhance organizational development.

Design/methodology/approach

Part of the information presented here is characterized by the authors’ points of view, as it is a viewpoint. However, the authors carried out searches on scientific bases and published press reports aiming to support the reflections presented in this text.

Findings

The reflections presented in this viewpoint focus on the following aspects: periodic critical analysis of companies business models, business continuity management systems, risk management, resilience principles in supply chain management, necessary changes in production systems, occupational health and safety systems and new ways of working. For the authors, the correct conduction of these aspects can guarantee companies survival; however, many leaders worldwide still neglect them.

Originality/value

The reflections presented here can be useful for leaders interested in conducting a critical analysis in their business, considering necessary organizational changes to face the COVID-19 pandemic consequences.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) - Finance Code 001; process 88887.464433/2019-00; Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) 307536/2018-1; and 311530/2018-4.

Citation

Anholon, R., Silva, D., Souza Pinto, J., Rampasso, I.S., Domingos, M.L.C. and Dias, J.H.O. (2021), "COVID-19 and the administrative concepts neglected: reflections for leaders to enhance organizational development", Kybernetes, Vol. 50 No. 5, pp. 1654-1660. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-10-2020-0707

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