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The pandemic holds lessons for climate change. Can we build back better?

May 22, 2020 – As economies begin to restart after worldwide coronavirus lockdowns, the world is rightly focused on lives and livelihoods. At the same time, many are noticing what might be called a silver lining: quieter cities, drops in air and water pollution, and wildlife emerging in unexpected places. Whether these trends continue once human activity returns to full strength is anyone’s guess.

Europe, emerging from lockdown, finds a changed economic and social landscape

May 15, 2020 – As millions across Europe emerge from quarantine amid one of the greatest economic and humanitarian... shocks of our time, the stakes are, needless to say, high. The EU is now in its worst recession as a bloc, with its economy expected to contract by 7.4 percent this year—significantly more than in the global financial crisis in 2009, when it shrank by around 4.5 percent.

A full plate for food retailers as the crisis shifts consumer behavior

May 8, 2020 – Coronavirus cases globally are now well above three million—with more than a million in the... United States alone. And with the lockdowns that have kept those numbers from going ever higher, it’s getting harder to remember a time when going to the store didn’t mean putting on a mask and staying six feet away from others. And there are newfound fears that the food supply chain can’t handle the changes the crisis has wrought.

Time to start plotting what recovery could look like

May 1, 2020 – Where are we headed? The coronavirus pandemic is not only a health crisis of immense proportions,... but it has also spurred a restructuring of the global economic order. While it’s too early to know how that will evolve, leaders should consider several trends that may shape the next normal.

Can retail ever bounce back from the coronavirus?

April 24, 2020 – Store closings, travel bans, record unemployment ... Being in the midst of a global pandemic is... nerve wracking, to say the least. Yet even as we worry about friends and family and follow the latest updates, COVID-19 is disrupting the economy in a major way. The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that the economic slowdown caused by virus-suppression efforts may very well lead to the largest quarterly decline in economic activity since the 1930s.

Asia and the crisis: Glimmers of hope for the business world

April 17, 2020 – We all know that the coronavirus pandemic is going to reshape the global economy, whether in the... short term or for the long haul. Even as the United States and Europe contend with what the IMF says will be the largest economic decline since the Great Depression, Asia faces unprecedented risk.

Cybersecurity and coronavirus: How to protect against threats

April 10, 2020 – As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, corporate leaders are doing all they can to keep their people... safe, stay on top of their businesses, and deal with uncertainty as conditions constantly shift.

What will the ‘next normal’ look like? The challenges and opportunities ahead

April 3, 2020 – Pace yourself. Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. How... many times have you heard officials say that? How many times have you thought it yourself?

Coronavirus and the CIO: How to steer through the ‘next normal’

March 27, 2020 – The coronavirus outbreak is presenting CIOs with the greatest challenge of their careers. We are... seeing infrastructure breakdowns, denial-of-service attacks, and sites going down because of traffic load. Even as companies grapple with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is already clear that CIOs are playing a central role in navigating the crisis.

Tough times call for resilience. Here’s research that can help.

March 20, 2020 – It’s a rare business that’s prepared for a pandemic like the coronavirus. The massive... scale of the outbreak and its sheer unpredictability make it challenging for executives to respond. At the same time, higher volatility—from geopolitics, economic cycles, climate risk, and many other forces—has become business as usual for many companies.

New research on COVID-19’s implications for business

March 13, 2020 – The number of coronavirus cases is rising globally; travel bans and lockdowns are in effect; schools... and universities are moving to remote learning. The virus outbreak is, first and foremost, a human tragedy affecting hundreds of thousands of people. It is also having a growing impact on the global economy.

Your design leadership belongs at the heart of your business. Here’s why.

March 6, 2020 – Strong design is at the heart of commercial success in both physical and digital settings. Companies... that excel at design increase revenues and shareholder returns at nearly double the rate of their industry peers.
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