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IBRAHIM Sherwat Elwan

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Sherwat Elwan Ibrahim is Associate Professor of Operations Management at The American University in Cairo (AUC), and the Director of the MBA programs at AUC School of Business. She serves as the founding Vice-Chair for PRME Chapter Africa of the UN. Sherwat holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. She has several publications in prestigious journals including Journal of Economic Geography, Africa Journal of Management, Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, and Management Decision and has been jointly awarded the Ted Eschenbach prize for Best paper in Engineering Management Journal, and the “Bright idea” award, for her paper in New Jersey Publications. Her current research interests include global value chains, sustainable supply chain management, responsible sourcing, supplier governance, and supply chain technology adoption. Sherwat teaches courses in the area of Operations and Technology Management including Supply Chain Management, Operations for Competitive Advantage, Product and Process Innovation, and Technology and Innovation Strategy. She is Partner & Senior consultant at Innovety, an innovation management consulting firm and affiliate of Boston-based IXL-Center, where she leads several engagements with private sector, government, and NGO accounts, and consults on innovation practices, strategy and management of technology. Sherwat is an expert on SMEs’ business growth and development, and was a core faculty member of Goldman Sachs (GS) Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program (WEL). She has received Executive Education training from Wharton and Kellogg business schools, and has also received training on Sustainable Entrepreneurship from the Centre on Sustainable Consumption & Production (CSCP) in Wuppertal, Germany.

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Supply Chain Management Sustainable Supply Chain Management Global Value Chains Outsourcing and Offshoring Africa Trade Technology Management Management Education

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Economics and Business


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Posted on 9 Dec 2022 by
From 17 Jun 2021 to 17 Nov 2021
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What happens when Covid-19 meets Africa? To find answers, this article examines tertiary management education delivered by the continent’s business schools in the context of Africa’s susceptibilities to the pandemic. The concept of proximity is applied as an axiomatic analytic complement to Covid’s transmission pathways impacting on the psychosocial foundation of human relations, people’s spatial distribution and their time perspectives. Taking management literature into account, proximity is applied to Africa’s business schools in terms of their immediate and long-term responses to the pandemic, suggesting practical post-Covid reforms considered from a humanistic management approach to management education and scholarship. A theme throughout this article is that Covid-19’s exposure of contextual vulnerabilities presents an opportunity and imperative for business schools’ re-missioning and renewal to enhance relevance, quality and building post-Covid resilience. The article provides a framework for the study of other Covid-sensitive sectors or organizations and theory development and testing using different proximity conceptualizations, frames and combinations thereof. Limitations of the study are discussed.

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