COVID-19 Pandemic as a Force to Disrupt Institutional Trust

Harvard Business Review China, Management Mentor Program, 2020

8 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2020

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Ying Zhang

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Urs Lustenberger

Lustenberger Rechtsanwälte KLG

Date Written: April 12, 2020

Abstract

This study is a commentary piece on the on-going COVID pandemic at the institutional and human behavioral level, focusing on the role of COVID 19 as an unexpected force to disrupt our current institutional trust, and the possibility to break through into a better institutional setup. Based on the existing institutional failures in this pandemic, this piece of work tries to bring the understanding deeper from a philosophical angle by introducing a Parental Love System. The introduction of this theory is important because it can be used to figure out the fundamental reasons for the humanitarian crisis at both institutional and human behavioral levels.

Keywords: Pandemic, Crisis, Institutional Trust, Parental Love System

JEL Classification: A10, B25, H12

Suggested Citation

Zhang, Ying and Lustenberger, Urs, COVID-19 Pandemic as a Force to Disrupt Institutional Trust (April 12, 2020). Harvard Business Review China, Management Mentor Program, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3623057

Ying Zhang (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam ( email )

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3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

Urs Lustenberger

Lustenberger Rechtsanwälte KLG ( email )

Wiesenstrasse 8
Zurich, 8032
Switzerland

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