Rediscovering the Purpose During Crisis – Case Study from 9/11 and SARS

In the webinar recording Derin Kent from Aalto University will draw from his research on the SARS-1 outbreak and 9/11 to share lessons about how people might flourish personally and professionally during the coronavirus pandemic.


The general idea is that our everyday work, far from being unimportant, shapes how well we fare through this period. Our work can give us purpose and control and can embed us in routines and social interactions that create a sense of order and psychological safety.

He will share principles of psychology and examples of people who responded to SARS-1 and 9/11 to answer three questions:

  • Why does the outbreak affect our emotions so strongly?
  • What can we do as individuals to restore our sense of well-being and control?
  • What can we do as colleagues and leaders to help others in our organization?

The webinar will provide you a toolkit of tactics that you can apply to your daily routines to make the best of the exceptional situation personally and professionally.

Derin Kent is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Management Studies, Aalto University. He studies the group dynamics of workers in extreme contexts, including physicians responding to lethal viruses, crews aboard container ships, storm chasers hunting tornadoes, and people restoring their workplaces after terrorism.

His research appears in peer-reviewed academic journals like Organization Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, and Academy of Management Annals. He has taught in undergraduate and MBA programs in North America and Europe. Derin earned his PhD in Management at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada.

This webinar is a part of Leading in Extraordinary Times Webinar Series.

Extraordinary times call for visionary leadership. Aalto EE is committed to supporting your way through these demanding times and helping you to become even stronger and more resilient in the process.  

We are offering you a free webinar series where experts from Aalto University and Aalto EE address the challenges and opportunities that now arise within organizations. 

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