Essay Contest Question

During crises, managers have special responsibilities to stakeholders. COVID-19 is clearly a major crisis. What lessons for today’s managers can we learn from studying how managers in the past responded to previous crises such as epidemics and pandemics as well as wars and natural disasters?

Contest Rules

All essays must be received by Tuesday 21 April by 11pm EST (New York time). The essays must be submitted before the deadline to

a. Participants are free to base their essays on either primary sources, secondary sources, or a mixture of the two but they must not break local self-isolation/social distancing guidelines in the course of preparing their essays. No going to the library!!
b. By submitting your essay, you declare that you are the author, is based on accurate historical data, and that you give us your consent to publish the essay.

a. Essays must be fully referenced according to a single consistent format such as APA or Chicago footnotes and should be between 4 and 5 pages (double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font) not including list of references at the end.
b. APA format and should be between 4 and 5 pages (double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font) not including list of references at the end.
c. We encourage authors to hyperlink to cited sources whenever possible.
d. Each essay must begin with a one-paragraph practitioner summary that gives clear advice to managers.
e. All submitted essays must be in English.
f. Essays can summarise your own previously published research, and can draw on the existing secondary literature, or can be based on primary source you start doing now.

The submissions will be judged by the Contest’s Scientific Committee, comprised of distinguished business historians who have relevant expertise and who have, in the past, made historical research findings relevant to managers (see the list of jurors). The Committee’s findings will be final.

The prize for the best essay is $500 U.S.
The prize for the second best essay is £200.

In judging the essays, we will give equal weighting to two criteria: the utility of managers of the recommendations you provide based on your historical research and the reliability of your historical research findings. Your conclusions about what worked for managers in the past will be more convincing to the jury if they are based on solid historical research and analysis rather than a very limited and cursory review of a couple of sources.

The essays will be published on this webside.