Global crisis leadership research earns Article of the Year recognition

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A research publication co-authored by Schulich School of Business Professor Abi Sriharan was recently named Article of the Year by the Medical Care Research and Review, an influential, peer-reviewed journal that is central to health-care and medical research.

Abi Sriharan
Abi Sriharan

Produced in collaboration with co-authors from Canada, the U.K. and the U.S., the article, “Public Health and Health Sector Crisis Leadership During Pandemics,” examines global crisis leadership amidst pandemics, a topic underscored by the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The research findings shed light on the political, structural and cultural dynamics that influence health-care policy decisions.

The authors observed that traditional leadership models often fall short in the dynamic environment of pandemics. The study calls for a paradigm shift in leadership training, to encompass both task- and people-oriented competencies to empower leaders to navigate unprecedented situations with transparency and efficiency.

“We are honoured to be recognized for redefining crisis leadership in the pandemic era,” said Sriharan. “This recognition by Medical Care Research and Review reaffirms the significance of our findings for health-care systems globally.”

Sriharan, an award-winning leadership scholar specializing in the health sector, joined Schulich earlier this year and currently serves as a senior scientist and research director at Schulich’s Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership.

Committed to supporting and nurturing thought leadership like Sriharan’s, Schulich recently launched the Master of Health Industry Administration program to equip future health-industry leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to effect meaningful change.