COURSE OF ACTION Effective Leadership in Times of Crisis
Dr. Gregory Prastacos, Dean
Message from the Dean
We are living in an unprecedented time: the novel coronavirus is causing immense human tragedies. Everything is changing – from the way we live, to the way we work, to the way we learn. We are all feeling these changes, in our homes, in society and, increasingly, in business.
As educators, however, we are called to look at this crisis through a different lens and ask ourselves what new learnings come out of this experience, and how we can prepare our students, alumni and the general business community to rise to meet these new challenges.
This might mean new kinds of knowledge to meet new kinds of problems, or the use of older principles that take on new significance in seeking solutions. For example, in the classroom and workplace alike, teamwork is hailed as one of the most important traits of a successful group. But what does teamwork look like in a virtual space — how do you coax better performance out of remote teams, and what pain points are they likely to face in adjusting to this new environment? How do you develop strategy when there is so much uncertainty? How do you know what data to trust when you are flooded with continuous data, and you’re not sure whether you can trust your sources? How do you exercise inclusive leadership when we are asked to be socially distant? How do you develop a policy that allows for some slack in the system to help alleviate the pain in cases of major disruptions? How do you maintain your cool and contain the anxiety generated?
To address these issues, the School of Business at Stevens presents this eight-week, faculty-led webinar series consisting of talks that address important topics related to how the COVID-19 crisis is already transforming business, and how organizations and leaders are coping with the resulting uncertainty. Through a series of short talks on leadership, strategy, finance and technology, our faculty will prepare you to meet new challenges head on and bring an innovative spirit to this time of great disruption.
I welcome you to participate in this series and allow our expertise to provide valuable insight into some of your greatest challenges.
Dean Gregory Prastacos
About the School of Business
An emphasis on data, analytics and technology sets the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology apart. Faculty research creates direct impact in the workplace while pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Alumni enjoy rewarding careers at the world’s most exciting companies, especially in finance, data analytics, technology and professional services. The school is ranked among the top 100 business schools by U.S. News & World Report, which rates it in the top 15 for reputation among recruiters and top 25 for business analytics.
Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, New Jersey overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The university’s undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with faculty in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment, leveraging business, computing, engineering, the arts and other disciplines to confront our most pressing global challenges. Stevens is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for ROI and career services.