Managing People in Times of Crisis

Monday, May 13, 2013 ( 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm )

Location: Babbio 122

Managing People in Times of Crisis

Nancy Papalexandri, Emeritus Professor of Human Resources Management, Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece



During crisis employees are seriously affected through job loss, salary cuts, lack of training and heavy workload due to downsizing. People lose their morale at a time when extra efforts, fresh ideas and new initiatives are mostly needed in order to overcome crisis. How can an organization mobilize its people under those circumstances? The answer lies in reexamining theories of motivation and adapting the psychological contract in order to empower your people to face present realities through appropriate managerial behaviors and HR practices. Some examples drawn from the Greek economic crisis will also be provided.



Nancy Papalexandri is Emeritus Professor of Human Resources Management at the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece. She has also served as Vice Rector of the University, in charge of academic affairs. She holds an M.A. from New York University and her Ph.D. fro the University of Bath, and teaches a number of courses on Management, Human Resources Management, Organizational Behavior, Public Relations and Business Communications. She has also taught in various E.U. Universities and in management development seminars in Greece and abroad.

Her research interests include human resource management, organizational behavior and culture, small-medium enterprises, issues in public administration, public relations and communications and women in management. She has published articles in various international journals and has participated in a number of international conferences. She is the Greek correspondent of the research project on European Comparative Human Resource Management conducted in European countries under the coordination of Cranfield University. She is Vice President of the Institute of Training & Development of the Greek Management Association.