Smith Brain Trust / April 17, 2020

The Global Pulse: A Coronavirus Video Series

Insights on a pandemic, from logistics to ethics to technology

The Global Pulse: A Coronavirus Video Series

SMITH BRAIN TRUST - The coronavirus pandemic is having an impact across industries, sectors and cultures, and prompting people around the world to pose questions and seek answers.

At the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, our experts have been watching developments closely. They've been sharing their insights with The Global Pulse, a continuing video series presented by the Center for Global Business. Here is some of what they've had to say.

David Kass, clinical professor of finance, shares his insights into two industries that have been impacted by Covid-19 and what it might take for them to recover.

Lemma W. Senbet, William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance, shares his analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the African continent.

Explaining how things are playing out in China and France are Zhi-Long Chen, the Orkand Corporation Professor of Management Science in DOIT, and Judy Frels, a clinical professor of marketing.

Exploring events in India and Taiwan are Kislaya Prasad, research professor of DOIT and academic director of the Center for Global Business, and Woei-Jyh (Adam) Lee, DOIT lecturer.

Explaining what's happening in Iceland and Romania are Margrét Bjarnadóttir, assistant professor of management science and statistics, and Adina Dabu, associate research professor of management and organization.

Speaking about Brazil and Canada are Paulo Prochno, clinical professor of management and assistant dean of the Part-Time and Online MBA programs, and Martin Dresner, professor and area chair of logistics, business and public policy.

How Public Health IT Systems are Combating COVID-19: Kenyon Crowley, managing director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS), describes how public health IT systems are being leveraged in the fight against the coronavirus. Crowley also delves into the potential shortcomings and challenges regarding data quality and information exchange.

The Role of Technology During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Social distancing has unsurprisingly brought its fair share of hardships, but technology and digital innovations have helped to ease the burden. Joseph P. Bailey, associate professor of decision, operations and information technologies, and executive director of the QUEST Honors program, discusses the impact of technology on the global marketplace and explains why it's more important than ever.

The Ethics Behind Making Big Decisions Surrounding Coronavirus: With mass event cancellations and indefinite stay-at-home mandates in place, some might ask: What are the ethical implications of these decisions? Judy Frels, a clinical professor of marketing, offers insights into the interconnectedness of stakeholders in these decisions and explores how they ultimately must err on the side of caution for public health concerns.

How Culture Shapes the Message About Coronavirus: Using Hofstede's cultural dimensions theory, Mary Beth Furst, associate clinical professor of marketing, examines how cultural values have shaped government messaging about the coronavirus around the world. Furst looks at statements made by Chinese and Japanese leaders, and highlights messaging differences brought about by their respective cultures.

Tourism Industry Takes a Hit from Coronavirus: Margrét Bjarnadóttir, assistant professor of management science and statistics, looks back to previous outbreaks, such as the Zika virus and SARS, to determine what the global tourism industry might expect in terms of economic impact during the pandemic.

The Impact of Coronavirus on Supply Chains: Sandor Boyson, research professor in logistics, business and public policy, examines how modern-day supply chains might have contributed to the spread of the coronavirus. Boyson also reflects lessons learned from the SARS outbreak and how that knowledge can be leveraged to make supply chains part of the solution.

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