INSEAD India Business Dialogue 2020: COVID-19 The Black Swan

The INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute organized the ninth edition of the Annual India Business Dialogue (IBD) on 24th April 2020.  This edition of IBD was conducted online.

The COVID-19 pandemic is the black swan of 2020. Most of us have been impacted by the virus and many companies in frontline countries are facing huge challenges in business activities including a drop in business activity, productivity of employees and supply chain disruptions. It might take considerable time for the virus to be contained and for business activity to recover.

Through a format of TED-style talks, the speakers explored the nature of regional and global challenges; how leaders can respond to the crisis; the shifting expectations of customers and investors; and how to get the Indian economy back on growth trajectory, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pushan Dutt, Professor of Economics and The Shell Fellow of Economic Transformation, INSEAD presented “COVID-19: Lessons, Ideas and Speculations”.  The Q&A session was moderated by Dr. Vinika D. Rao, Executive Director, Emerging Markets Institute & Gender Initiative, Director,  Hoffman Global Institute for Business & Society, Asia.

Phanish Puranam, Professor of Strategy and The Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Strategy and Organization Design, INSEAD presented “Remote Working and AI”.  The Q&A session was moderated by V “Paddy” Padmanabhan,The Unilever Chaired Professor of Marketing & Academic Director, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute.

Ramesh Iyer, Vice Chairman and Managing Director,Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services presented “Leading Towards Recovery Post COVID-19: People, Partnerships and Emerging Business Models”.  The Q&A session was moderated by Sameer Hasija, Associate Professor of Technology and Operations Management, The Shell Fellow in Business and the Environment, INSEAD.



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