Synopsis 126 Outline June 2020
On 6 May 2020, staff in Strategic Business Insights' Menlo Park, California; Croydon, England; and Tokyo, Japan, offices discussed and analyzed more than 100 developments and events that relate to the coronavirus and coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19), identifying societal, political, commercial, industrial, and technological implications of the covid-19 pandemic and its effects. As a result, this month's Scan set—Scan™ in the Time of Covid-19—features 18 pandemic-related issues and implications that will help decision makers navigate the uncertainties of the years ahead. (Also see July 2020's A Further Look at Covid-19's Impact.)
The framework arranges this month's Signals of Change and Patterns on a scale of urgency (short to long term), and reflects the degree of uncertainty (low to high) surrounding the topic. Each item's color highlights which aspect of decision-making the topic is most likely to affect.
- SoC1161 Scanning: The Pandemic and Its Implications
- SoC1162 Pandemic Rise
of the New HR
- SoC1163 Technologies' Roles and the Pandemic
- SoC1164 The Pandemic's Impacts across Industries
- SoC1165 Reshuffling Societal and Budgetary Priorities?
- SoC1166 Scenario Planning for the Pandemic's Aftermath
- P1501 Misinformation Pandemic
- P1502 Vulnerability and
- P1503 The Great Working-from-Home Experiment
- P1504 The Tech Giants
- P1505 No-Contact
- P1506 The New Homebodies
- P1507 Disease and Cure:
A Balancing Act
- P1508 Medical Monitoring and Surveillance Technologies
- P1509 The Pandemic's Effects on Business Models
- P1510 The Ascent of Robots during the Pandemic
- P1511 The Pandemic's
- P1512 Supply-Chain Resilience?
Signals of Change
The occurrence of the covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic slowdown were not unforeseeable.
Plausibly, the coronavirus and the covid-19 pandemic will lead to long-lasting changes in human-resources (HR) practices.
A look at technologies' roles during the pandemic could provide cues about the technologies' uses when the pandemic ends.
A growing economic crisis is challenging businesses and creating great uncertainty going forward.
Policy makers will reconsider societal priorities and the allocation of financial resources.
Custom scenario-planning efforts can help decision makers move from gaining awareness of a changing world to preparing for such a world.
(Results of the Scan™ Meeting on 6 May 2020)
Like the current pandemic, a wave of misinformation and disinformation has spread around the world.
The pandemic will not only have a large death toll but also put a spotlight on polarized societies. A significant proportion of students lack home access to computers and the internet.
People are working from home and learning online on a scale that almost no organization planned for.
Although uncertainties exist, the pandemic could increase the tech giants' influence on digital life.
The pandemic is creating opportunities for companies that are operating under the current social-distancing conditions.
The pandemic's forcing many people to stay at home is resulting in a variety of behavior changes, some of which may be permanent.
Determining which responses to the pandemic best balanced medical needs and economic considerations will take years.
Governments and organizations are using monitoring and surveillance technologies to help manage the spread of the coronavirus.
The pandemic could change some business models permanently.
Current lockdown and social-distancing measures are expanding opportunities for service robots.
Many reasons exist for increasing global collaboration during the pandemic; however, the opposite might happen.
The early stages of the pandemic highlight the strengths and weaknesses of current-generation global supply chains.