From Crisis to Catalyst: The SOM Discusses the Ebola Crisis and its Effects

September 23, 2015

Effective Leadership on Many Fronts is Needed to Tackle the World's Human Security Challenges.

VortexThis article first appeared in its entirety in Spring 2015 SOM Management Magazine

During 2014, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa drew worldwide attention, catalyzing unprecedented global cooperation to protect public health. Although the epidemic seems to be waning, the aftermath-including the potential for outbreaks of measles and other vaccine-preventable disease- will be felt in West Africa for years to come. There are many lessons that can be learned from this epidemic and The School of Management at Simmons College decided to weigh in on the conversation. In November 2014, the SOM, along with the Institute for Resource and Security Studies (IRSS) co-sponsored the seminar Health and Human Security: Lessons from the Ebola Crisis. The seminar included discussions on the Ebola crisis and what can be learned from it. This article highlights the important insights from this discussion. 


Read complete article from Spring 2015 Simmons SOM Management Magazine


Paula Gutlove

Paula Gutlove, DMD, is a professor of practice at Simmons School of Management. In addition, she is a faculty associate of the Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies. Dr. Gutlove has more than two decades of international experience teaching negotiation, leadership, and the management of conflict.

Gordon Thompson, DPhil, is executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies, and a senior research scientist at Clark University. He was trained in engineering and applied mathematics, in Australia and the UK. He works on a range of technical and policy issues related to sustainability and human security.