- The institutions will join the dots across many sectors to understand the COVID19 effect
- IIM Indore receives a research grant of Rs. 85.3 Lakhs
- The collaboration includes two book projects, research and case studies
The COVID19 pandemic has affected every sector globally and has ushered various challenges across numerous business sectors in terms of managing operations, functions and external stakeholders.
In line with its mission to stay contextually relevant and contribute to the nation-building in every way possible, IIM Indore has joined hands with The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to connect the dots across myriad sectors to understand how they grappled with COVID-19 for forthcoming pandemic preparedness. With this objective, IIM Indore has also received a research grant of Rs. 85.3 Lakhs.
Covid-19 has not only impacted the health index of several countries (WHO, 2020); but also created the macro-level ‘turbulence’ that has severe implications for economic, political, social and psychological well-being. The institutions will now work together on documenting the challenges faced by these business sectors and their ways of tackling challenges. The documentation will be based on in-depth research to capture the finest practices on solutions for forthcoming pandemic preparedness. The research activities include two book projects, research papers and detailed case studies.
Expressing delight over the association, Professor Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore said, ‘The overall research project relies on a mixed-method approach, integrating qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis.’ The results of this research will be instrumental in cross-sectoral learning and pandemic preparedness; and also, in shaping further health policies for sectoral pandemic readiness within India, he added.
Dr. Nishant Jain, Programme Director, Indo-German Social Security Programme said, ‘I am delighted to start this partnership between GIZ representing German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and IIM Indore on generating evidence and knowledge related to COVID.’ This partnership will develop insights that will be useful not only to policymakers but also to everybody. I am looking forward to some excellent knowledge products coming from this, he added.
The book projects will capture the challenges faced by the industrial sector and the actions taken; while the research papers would include details of the employee experience of the industrial sector. The research would be based on interviews with management and government officials.