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Management Perspectives on the Covid-19 Crisis

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Management Perspectives on the Covid-19 Crisis

Lessons from New Zealand

9781800882089 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Kenneth Husted and Rudolf R. Sinkovics, The University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80088 208 9 Extent: c 256 pp
New Zealand (NZ) offers an astonishing story regarding its Covid-19 response. This book argues that NZ offers lessons for business and management actors across various geographical and political contexts in the world. In this book, we draw attention to problems and challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic from a functional management and organisational perspective.

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New Zealand (NZ) offers an astonishing story regarding its Covid-19 response. This book argues that NZ offers lessons for business and management actors across various geographical and political contexts in the world.

In this book, we draw attention to problems and challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic from a functional management and organisational perspective. In particular, contributors explore centralised and decentralised decision-making, the notion of economic growth, well-being on a national level and on a personal level, and business recovery and how NZ’s exporting and internationalisation strategies have been affected by Covid-19. The intricate complexity of globalised supply chains, the consequences of low levels of buffer in optimised outsourcing and offshoring agreements and the criticality of ‘non-critical’ labour for the seamless functioning and organisation of society are also examined. Finally, the contributors explore the NZ Covid-19 response’s geopolitical significance beyond the Pacifica/Oceania region. In so doing, they illuminate how the NZ experience can offer insights and learning for business and management in other countries.

This book will be key reading for business and organisational scholars interested in international business, internationalization and the geo-political and business implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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‘Management Perspectives on the Covid-19 Crisis: Lessons from New Zealand by Kenneth Husted and Rudolf R. Sinkovics is a timely and most important addition to the literature. At a time when the world is experiencing the most disastrous disruption in modern history, organizations, governments and communities are all struggling to come to grips with the repercussions of the global health pandemic, and responsible and impactful actions that can be taken. The experience of New Zealand in this context is like no other. As many countries failed to respond effectively to the disruption, best practice illustrations from New Zealand government and businesses have been most welcome. In this book where knowledgeable authors provide perspectives on responsible and impactful responses, the reader is treated to numerous insights along the lines of fresh conceptualizations, organizational activities, and management implications. Husted and Sinkovics have assembled an amazing inventory of case studies and illustrations all of which should prove productive and informative to all of us.’
– S. Tamer Cavusgil, Georgia State University, US

‘We know a great deal about virology and managing healthcare during Covid, but this book highlights the contribution of management scholars to the workplace issues resulting from this pandemic. Leading management researchers explore the impact of remote working, building resilience at work, the impact of technology, organisational leadership and many more relevant topics. It is an outstanding collection of management research insights that will help in creating “the new workplace” post-Covid. A must read for all interested in organisational behaviour and change.’
– Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, The University of Manchester, UK

‘The unpredictable, permeable and deathly threats of Covid-19 have confounded nations and their experts in tackling the unprecedented public health crisis that has impacted the economy, society and even mental state of their citizens. New Zealand has stood out as a classic example of defying the pandemic through prudent and responsive management at macro, meso and micro levels. That citizens and institutions – formal and otherwise – collaborated with perseverance and wisdom are amply evidenced in the absorbing chapters of this rich volume edited by Husted and Sinkovics. This is an inspiring volume not merely in management but what the co-editors term as “social resilience”.’
– Keshab Das, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, India

‘This book is an extremely valuable source for politicians and business leaders in countries that in light of being hit hard by the second wave of the pandemic and new mutations to the virus try to switch to the Covid Zero strategy as applied by New Zealand.’
– Christoph Dörrenbächer, Berlin school of Economics and Law, Germany

‘I am recommending this book because there is not any comprehensive volume in the market that captures such rich and in-depth contextual approaches and strategies required to deal with the Black Swan crises such as Covid-19. Management Perspectives on the Covid-19 Crisis: Lessons from New Zealand by Husted and Sinkovics provides a solid account of the social resilience strategies needed to deal with external prolonged shocks by drawing key lessons from New Zealand.’
– Zaheer Khan, The University of Aberdeen, UK

‘This volume offers an exciting perspective into how actors in New Zealand have been dealing with the Covid-19 crisis, turning perceived disadvantages of the country into unexpected strengths from which all countries can learn about becoming more crisis resilient.’
– Peter Knorringa, Erasmus University, the Netherlands

‘This is a very interesting and appropriate book for the current global pandemic situation caused by Covid-19 virus. This unprecedented situation has had a global impact and has transformed business logic in all countries. New Zealand's particular situation deserves special attention given its ability to manage the Covid-19 crisis in an exemplary manner. Undoubtedly, the contribution of this book edited by Professors Husted and Sinkovics is a welcome contribution not only to learning from an academic point of view, but also from a business point of view. Anyone interested in deepening the international management of Covid-19 crisis should read this book.’
– Francisco-Jose Molina-Castillo, The University of Murcia, Spain.

‘Husted and Sinkovics pick a great subject and the timing is perfect for this book. NZ is a success story on Covid, although how much of that is due to political leadership or other factors is difficult to separate. The chapters do a great job to delineate macro-level issues through NZs “go hard, go fast” strategy from meso-level job-market and critical worker issues to micro-level human resources, innovation and exporting issues. As the themes covered in this book indicate, leadership, the well-being agenda and personal characteristics play a central role in explaining the response. Thus, this book is of interest not only to management scholars but also behavioural economists and scholars in fields of politics, sociology, international political economy and development studies.’
– Khalid Nadvi, The University of Manchester, UK

‘Countries in the Asia-Pacific, New Zealand in particular, have been highly effective in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. This book by Kenneth Husted and Rudolf Sinkovics provides a timely and precious source of knowledge in the field of management to understand the successful responses of New Zealand in tackling Covid-19. There are unvaluable lessons that New Zealand can teach to the world, particularly to countries, such as Brazil and the USA, that performed poorly. The authors were able to put together an authoritative group of experts in the field of management that could bring new insights on how to deal with wicked problems, such as Covid-19 and future crises. It is a text that everyone must read to understand that success requires capabilities and leadership to make the right decisions and manage crises like these, and those do not emerge overnight. Capabilities and effective leadership need to have the right environment to flourish and be built overtime to be deployed when needed.’
– José A. Puppim de Oliveira,FGV - Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV EAESP and FGV EBAPE), Brazil

‘This timely book edited by Husted and Sinkovics elaborates on and integrates theories and perspectives from various realms in order to elucidate the daunting challenges in coping with Covid-19 crisis as a multifaceted intriguing topic, and provides novel and significant insights to both scholars and executives on how to tackle the pandemic-related issues in the particular context of New Zealand. It is a solid and authoritative source for anyone interested in exploring the resilience – and its outcomes – while dealing with one of the greatest challenges facing humanity nowadays.’
– Shlomo Tarba, The University of Birmingham, UK

‘Learning from an “island in a sea of turbulence” is always relevant. This is a timely and important contribution on the New Zealand approach to a systemic crisis that is not likely to go away for a long time.’
– Rob van Tulder, Erasmus University, the Netherlands
Contributors
Contributors include: Maureen Benson-Rea, Peter Boxall, Jose Brache, Brigid Carroll, Charl de Villiers, Ruth Dimes, Lina El-Jahel, Ljiljana Eraković, Benjamin Fath, Antje Fiedler, Nigel Haworth, Carla Houkamau, Kenneth Husted, Deepika Jindal, Peter Lee, Tyron Love, Sholeh A. Maani, Robert MacCulloch, James Metson, Snejina Michailova, Deanna Norgrove, Dana L. Ott, Barbara Plester, Cate Roy (Gribble), Noemi Sinkovics, Rudolf R. Sinkovics, Susan Watson, Rachel Maunganui Wolfgramm

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