Wharton experts weigh in on the global economy, online teaching, remote work, and flattening the curve of COVID-19 impact.

Wharton faculty are keeping a pulse on the pandemic and sharing their insights in real time, through news outlets and their own social media channels. Here’s a distillation of some of their latest findings.

Flattening the Curve

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel — health policy expert, health advisor to President Obama, and Penn/Wharton professor — laid out the next steps the U.S. government must take in order to corral the pandemic. Read more »

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Can’t stop touching your face? Try this. Prof. Adam Grant and Senior Research Fellow Reb Rebele explain the power of moral responsibility in The Atlantic.

Adapting Businesses

“Everyone is just trying to get by day-to-day at the moment,” Finance Assistant Prof. Krista Schwarz told The New York Times. “Right now is not the time to grow the company — it’s the time to stay solvent.” Read more »

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Marketing Prof. Barbara Kahn breaks down how direct-to-customer (DTC) brands are updating policies amid store closures in Glossy.

Looking Ahead at Global Markets

Finance Prof. Jeremy Siegel examined what lies in store for U.S. and global markets in the weeks and months ahead. Siegel predicts that even if a recession were to occur, the U.S. would enter it from “a position of strength.” Read more »

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Companies will be essential to COVID-19 recovery. Management Assistant Prof. Aline Gatignon believes their first step is tapping into nonprofit partnerships.

Combating Negative Emotions

As people adjust their daily routines to stay healthy, they may overlook the importance of monitoring the way they think. Prof. Sigal Barsade sat down with Wharton Business Daily host Dan Loney to define “emotional contagion” and how to reduce the toll of negative emotion during the coronavirus. Read more »

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Penn and Wharton faculty compiled 5 tips to stay positive and healthy during social isolation.

Working From Home

“You have to create even more strict rules than you would have otherwise,” said Operations, Informations, and Decisions Prof. Gad Allon on remote work policies. “I think one of the biggest mistakes that people, particularly parents, will make is blurring these lines.”

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Are you balancing parenting with remote work? Read Prof. Stew Friedman’s timely new book on Parents Who Lead

Teaching Online 

Educators all over the world are being challenged to teach online. Management Prof. Ethan Mollick, academic director and co-founder of Wharton Interactive, took to Twitter to offer some virtual guidance.

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Wharton Online’s 7 Tips for Teaching Online

Research by Jonathan Lahdo. Written by Gloria Yuen.

Posted: March 26, 2020

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