• Ani Kodjabasheva

How Executive Education Stays Relevant Amid Covid-19 Disruption

Benchmark the approaches of some of the top business schools.


Executive education caters for leaders and managers across industries, who all need support at this challenging time. However, many companies have tightened their L&D budgets. What is the response of business schools?


The HR and L&D organisation MERIT has published a list of virtual executive education resources from top business schools. Many are competing to offer online executive education, even for free, during the pandemic.


Free executive education resources

  • The series “Leadership in Extraordinary Times” from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (UK) gathers world leaders from government and business to share meaningful advice. If you want to learn about rapid innovation resulting from the Kursk submarine rescue mission, or get tips on resilience from the leader of Japan’s USD 1.6 trillion pension fund, these intellectually stimulating discussions are for you.

  • Research-based tips on organisational adaptation, the neuroscience of productivity, and leading culture during crisis come from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley (US) in their video series “Leading Through Crisis”. At 10-20 minutes each, these sessions are a perfect way to feel more centred and inspired on a hectic day.

Virtual courses

For those who need more structured learning and guidance, a number of business schools are also adapting their exec ed courses and moving them online.


For instance, Hult Ashridge Executive Education (UK) has launched a course specifically for the pandemic – it provides training in the skills needed to thrive right now. Hult is also unique among business schools in offering a 1-month free trial for their learning platform. There, you can find a wide range of courses on leadership, coaching, mindfulness, and communication.


Source: MERIT Blog

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