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Leadership & Entrepreneurship
The case discusses how Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (Tsai) and her government successfully handled the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Under Tsai’s leadership, Taiwan managed to come up with what analysts called “among the world’s best” responses, keeping the epidemic under control and limiting infections to just 479 as of August 5, 2020. Taiwan with its speedy, efficient, and expert-led response, became a role model in combating the pandemic globally, despite its exclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen: Leading the Fight Against Covid-19
The case talks about how the women leaders of Finland, Iceland, and Norway navigated through the COVID-19 crisis. The case describes the various strategies adopted by these leaders to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. It also touches upon the measures taken by them to protect both the lives and livelihoods of their citizens. The case also covers the impact of the strategies adopted by these women leaders in their respective countries. Lastly, the case provides a brief comparison of how these three countries – all led by women leaders – fared compared to countries led by male leaders such as the UK, France, and Italy in combatting the COVID-19 crisis

Women Leading the Fight Against Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons from Finland, Iceland, and Norway
The case talks about the journey of ‘Biryani by Kilo’ (BBK), founded by three friends – Kaushik Roy (Roy), Vishal Jindal (Jindal), and Ritesh Sinha (Sinha), from a startup to being a dominant player in the Indian online food market. The case starts with a brief history of BBK and then describes the unique business model it uses. The case touches upon the launch of different promotional activities by BBK and its pricing method. It also highlights the competition faced by BBK and its future plans.

‘Biryani by Kilo’ - A Biryani Delivery Startup’s Success Story
Supratim Sarkar (Sarkar), head of Corporate Strategy and Operations at TechVision Pvt. Ltd. (TechVision) – an Indian multinational technology company, was a busy man. As head of the Corporate Strategy and Operations function, Sarkar had to manage various tasks with both short-term and long-term implications. The complexity of managing ongoing tasks had increased manifold with the outbreak of COVID-19 which made it necessary for employees to work from home. How should Sarkar prioritize the work? How should he decide in what order the tasks should be completed? What are the tasks that require his immediate attention? What are the tasks that contribute to the medium and long-term goals of TechVision, and if ignored, can lead to a crisis? Mastering prioritization could change the way Sarkar works, reduce stress, and improve productivity and time management.

Prioritizing Work – Sarkar’s Dilemma

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