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The Grand Challenge None of Us Chose: Succeeding (and Failing) Against the Global Pandemic 1

Nancy J. Adler (USA) (McGill University, Canada)
Sonja A. Sackmann (Switzerland) (University Bw Munich, Germany)
Sharon Arieli (Israel) (Hebrew University, Israel)
Marufa (Mimi) Akter (Bangladesh) (Independent University, Bangladesh)
Christoph Barmeyer (Germany) (University of Passau, Germany)
Cordula Barzantny (France) (Toulouse Business School, France)
Dan V. Caprar (Australia and New Zealand) (University of Sydney Business School, Australia)
Yih-teen Lee (Taiwan) (IESE Business School, Spain)
Leigh Anne Liu (China) (Georgia State University, USA)
Giovanna Magnani (Italy) (University of Pavia, Italy)
Justin Marcus (Turkey) (Koç University, Turkey)
Christof Miska (Austria) (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria)
Fiona Moore (United Kingdom) (University of London, UK)
Sun Hyun Park (South Korea) (Seoul National University, South Korea)
B. Sebastian Reiche (Spain) (IESE Business School, Spain)
Anne-Marie Søderberg (Denmark and Sweden) (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Jeremy Solomons (Rwanda) (JSA Consulting, Rwanda)
Zhi-Xue Zhang (China) (Peking University, China)

Advances in Global Leadership

ISBN: 978-1-80071-838-8, eISBN: 978-1-80071-837-1

Publication date: 26 January 2022


The COVID-19 pandemic and its related economic meltdown and social unrest severely challenged most countries, their societies, economies, organizations, and individual citizens. Focusing on both more and less successful country-specific initiatives to fight the pandemic and its multitude of related consequences, this chapter explores implications for leadership and effective action at the individual, organizational, and societal levels. As international management scholars and consultants, the authors document actions taken and their wide-ranging consequences in a diverse set of countries, including countries that have been more or less successful in fighting the pandemic, are geographically larger and smaller, are located in each region of the world, are economically advanced and economically developing, and that chose unique strategies versus strategies more similar to those of their neighbors. Cultural influences on leadership, strategy, and outcomes are described for 19 countries. Informed by a cross-cultural lens, the authors explore such urgent questions as: What is most important for leaders, scholars, and organizations to learn from critical, life-threatening, society-encompassing crises and grand challenges? How do leaders build and maintain trust? What types of communication are most effective at various stages of a crisis? How can we accelerate learning processes globally? How does cultural resilience emerge within rapidly changing environments of fear, shifting cultural norms, and profound challenges to core identity and meaning? This chapter invites readers and authors alike to learn from each other and to begin to discover novel and more successful approaches to tackling grand challenges. It is not definitive; we are all still learning.



Adler (USA), N.J., Sackmann (Switzerland), S.A., Arieli (Israel), S., Akter (Bangladesh), M.(., Barmeyer (Germany), C., Barzantny (France), C., Caprar (Australia and New Zealand), D.V., Lee (Taiwan), Y.-t., Liu (China), L.A., Magnani (Italy), G., Marcus (Turkey), J., Miska (Austria), C., Moore (United Kingdom), F., Park (South Korea), S.H., Reiche (Spain), B.S., Søderberg (Denmark and Sweden), A.-M., Solomons (Rwanda), J. and Zhang (China), Z.-X. (2022), "The Grand Challenge None of Us Chose: Succeeding (and Failing) Against the Global Pandemic 1 ", Osland, J.S., Reiche, B.S., Szkudlarek, B. and Mendenhall, M.E. (Ed.) Advances in Global Leadership (Advances in Global Leadership, Vol. 14), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 3-85.



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Copyright © 2022 Nancy J. Adler, Sonja A. Sackmann, Sharon Arieli, Marufa Akter, Christoph Barmeyer, Cordula Barzantny, Dan V. Caprar, Yih-teen Lee, Leigh Anne Liu, Giovanna Magnani, Justin Marcus, Christof Miska, Fiona Moore, Sun Hyun Park, B. Sebastian Reiche, Anne-Marie Søderberg, Jeremy Solomons and Zhi-Xue Zhang. Published under exclusive licence by Emerald Publishing Limited