Coronavirus : Rising up to the organizational challenge

A proposal for better navigation in the unknown at a time when the global systemic crisis calls for urgent and effective action at scale.


At the time of writing, April 27th, Covid-19 has consigned nearly half of humanity to their homes, in addition to causing 200,000 deaths and inflicting several billion of US$ losses per day on the world’s wealthiest countries. Economically speaking, it is probably the most serious crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.


While political decision-makers and medical scientists are working around the clock to limit the virus’ impact, many have criticized their decisions and actions to date. Above all, journalists, citizens’ groups, trade unions and individuals are questioning decision-making processes and the resulting actions. In other words, it is primarily about organization and governance in a radically unknown context.


We posit that in such a context, the right form of organization and governance for managing and monitoring such a crisis, as well as preparing the crisis exit is highly critical. However, it is yet to be invented, designed and trialled.


We propose exploring a new form of organization — still a “work-in-progress”, which we believe could help governments in their decision-making processes and actions. It is a “three-pronged model”, building on and improving the organization we have observed in most countries. The aim is to address decision-making, scientific advice and new path discovery based on a centralized decision-making process and distributed action at scale.


It goes without saying that overcoming such a crisis involves myriad other aspects beyond our field of expertise. In this article we want to share our understanding of the crisis, looking at it through the prism of our expertise in management and organization.

Read the rest of the article here.

( The article was originally published on Medium )


This article is written by Frédéric Arnoux (co-founder of Stim), Benjamin Duban (co-founder of Stim), Yael Azoulay et Simon Martin.



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