Lessons from Covid‑19: Toward the Conceptual Model of University Management During Pandemic

Jagoda Mrzyglocka-Chojnacka, Radoslaw Rynca
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXIV, Issue 2B, 383-393, 2021
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/2240


Purpose: This article investigates some ongoing activities undertaken by selected universities in Poland having to rapidly move their teaching online during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. Based on their analysis a conceptual model of university management during the Covid-19 pandemic was proposed. Design/Methodology/Approach: This paper presents four case studies of various universities n Poland (prepared based on interviews with employees of this universities) showing their strategies in response to the unique situation initiated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Findings: The conclusions drawn from these cases were used to propose a readiness conceptual model of university management during the Covid 19 pandemic. This model takes into account two variables, which, according to the authors of the article, are key, i.e., the time to change and the assessment of adaptation to new conditions. Its effect is an indication of possible, emerging 4 strategies, the galloping adaptation strategy, the competitive strategy, the succumbing strategy and the rolling adaptation strategy. Practical implications: The proposed model can form the basis for universities to systematically assess their readiness to face a future pandemic and allow them to be better prepare for the emerging new standard after Covid-19. Originality value: The article presents an original proposal for a university management model in the Covid-19 pandemic. The authors present four types of possible strategies, universities have taken in response to the pandemic, including criteria of their choice.

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