BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In addition to being a public health issue, the novel coronavirus is endangering many businesses across the country and in Indiana. The Indiana University Kelley School of Business is responding to this need by providing free access to useful information through its Business Horizons journal and The ROI Podcast produced at the school at IUPUI.
Greg Fisher, the Larry and Barbara Sharpf Professor and an associate professor of entrepreneurship (pictured left), edits Business Horizons and has put together a collection past articles from the journal about how businesses can respond to this crisis.
Published bimonthly in partnership with Elsevier Ltd., Business Horizons often tackles important questions, challenges and matters facing the business arena. Elsevier is hosting the collection online and has made the included articles free for 90 days. This is a joint effort between Business Horizons and Elsevier.
“COVID-19 has created crises for many, and the ensuing social, health, and economic challenges require innovative and responsive solutions.,” Fisher said. “This is a time when we need leaders who are willing to adopt innovative business practices, scholars who embark on novel research to solve real problems, and a broad exchange of ideas to figure out ways to address challenges.
“With this in mind, we have put together a collection of articles from our archives that address issues within the five themes listed above. We hope these articles will serve as a catalyst for solving impending business challenges and for prompting new research and discourse,” he added.
The articles draw attention to key issues associated with the pandemic and highlights solutions to some of the challenges we all must confront. Articles in the collection are grouped into five themes – Crisis, Economic and Social Struggles, Healthcare System Stress, Social Distancing and Supply-Chain Stress.
Beginning March 23, the producers of the ROI Podcast at Kelley Indianapolis began producing a series of episodes also meant to provide reliable guidance. “Our show’s mission is to help organizations make better business decisions. With a massive economic shutdown impacting our organizations, we have put together our most relevant podcasts to help your organization weather the financial storm,” they said to introduce the series.
Among those featured in the podcast are Angela Smith, Indianapolis deputy major of economic development, who talks about how we can lead ourselves and our teams through troubling times; and Jeff Fettig, former Whirlpool CEO, who offers tips on handling an economic crisis. Neal Rothermel, founder of VMS BioMarketing and the inaugural Executive in Residence for the Tobias Leadership Center.
Faculty also are contributing advise in the form of blog posts, including Todd Saxton and Kim Saxton, who have offered recommendations for small businesses and advice about how to get the most out of online meetings. Phil Powell, clinical associate professor of business economics and public policy and associate dean of academic programs at Indianapolis, also has been providing advice. He and several other Kelley faculty members are working to help the Indy Chamber’s Rapid Response Hub.
May these Kelley resources help you in facing challenges we all confront in one way or another.