Managing during pandemic times: rethinking people management practices from developing countries’ perspective
Speaker: Dr John Mendy
Date: 4th May 2022
Time: 1pm to 2:30pm
Dr John Mendy is Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for MSc HRM based at the University of Lincoln, UK. John is interested in resilience research, the intersection between International HRD, HRM and International Business. John’s research also spans across Organisational Studies, Strategy, employment relationships, autism and employment/HRM policies and practices with specific foci on SMEs and MNEs in developed and emerging economies. John is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA, UK) and a Chartered Member of the CIPD (MCIPD, UK). John is the Chair of the Organisational Transformation, Change and Development Track at the British Academy of Management and has authored several peer-reviewed articles and policy papers in respected journals and other publication outlets. John has also won several awards, the most recent of which is the Best 2020 Special Issue on ‘The Impact of Resilience in Developing Individual and Organizational Capacity to ‘Bounce Back’ from Challenges’ in Advances in Developing Human Resources Journal. He also currently serves on the Editorial Boards of a number of journals, the exam boards of a couple of Higher Education institutions both in the UK and abroad and a Visiting Scholar.
Although the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has registered unimaginable challenges, suffering, pain, stress, depression, mental health problems and death globally, the extent to which lessons could be drawn to inform current People Management practices from developing economies’ contexts and perspectives has been a neglected area of mainstream western Management discourse.
In this talk, John highlights the key challenges to SMEs in both developed and emerging economies and focus more on the latter with the aim of rethinking and reconceptualising Management practice in situations that are infrastructurally, materially, financially and humanly challenged. Potential lessons of how not to manage are drawn using case studies and some innovative insights of how to manage during a pandemic are extracted to inform current Management practice and theory Reflections on a future research agenda are considered.
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