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How should business schools respond to Covid-19?

Managing healthcare has never been under such a spotlight. So how can business schools respond to the current COVID-19 crisis and contribute meaningfully long term?

Professor Ruth Boaden from Alliance MBS has shared her thoughts on the subject in an exclusive blog for AACSB, the world’s largest business education alliance and accrediting body. In her article she tells how the guiding mission of Alliance MBS – ‘Original Thinking Applied’ - remains as vital as ever as we seek to work out how to apply our thinking to the present crisis.

“In the short term we need to focus on the ‘applied’ aspect. Namely we must be alert and ready to take opportunities - including those outside our disciplinary and methodological comfort zone - as well as reach out proactively to current and potential partners. In the longer term, keeping sight of our mission and developing original thinking will enable new knowledge and impact.”

Professor Boaden also discusses how Alliance MBS has quickly assembled an interdisciplinary team to synthesize international and national learning, and to advise and carry out real-time research on the ground, which will lead to immediate impact as well as longer-term academic contributions.

“This drive is built on existing partnerships, new networks, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a desire to make a difference,” she says.

You can read the full AACSB blog here.

Blog posts give the views of the author, and are not necessarily those of Alliance Manchester Business School and The University of Manchester.

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