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  /  Asia Observatory   /  EAMSA PANEL DISCUSSION: MNEs Managing Supply Chains through the Global Health Crisis: Voices from Europe and Asia

EAMSA PANEL DISCUSSION: MNEs Managing Supply Chains through the Global Health Crisis: Voices from Europe and Asia

We had about 70 people attending the event.


The audience was composed of participants from Asia (Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, China, South Korea, India), and Europe (UK, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Rumania, Poland, Lithuania), but also from Australia, New Zealand, and the USA.


About half of the participants were from academia (professors, lecturers/senior lecturers, but also PhD students), of the other half , the majority were business professionals, and we had a good attendance from policy makers (eg. economic adviser to Swedish industry, Japanese diplomats, polish department for international trade) and research institutes.


The panel discussion was composed of two parts. In the first part, we had two senior executives from Europe (Maarten de Vries, Head of Sales Asia (Julius Blum GmbH, Austria), and Dipak Mane, Chief Human Resources Officer, member of the executive board (Bühler AG, Switzerland) and two senior executives from Asia (Joerg Ayrle, Chief Financial Officer (Thai Union, Thailand) and Yuichi Hosoda, Managing Director (Ricoh Vietnam Company Limited)) presenting corporate views on the impact of the Global Health crisis on their company’s Euro-Asia activities and beyond.

In the second part, we had three academic experts (two located in Europe: Professor Bent Petersen from Copenhagen Business School- Denmark, and Sarah-Maria Franz from the University of Gothenburg – Sweden; and one from Asia: Professor Pavida Pananond from Thammassat Business School, Bangkok Thailand) presenting their reactions to executives’ presentations, and adding their views on how the Global Health crisis will impact upon existing theories and future research on MNEs’ value chains across borders.


There were two Q&A sessions, one after the first *industry experts discussion* and one after the *academic experts discussion*. Audience was involved, with questions on how experts had experienced or implemented cultural change within organisations to address challenges, and how the Global Health Crisis may change the competitive dynamics amongst firms and countries within and between Europe and Asia.


Quote from one of the industry keynote speaker: “Thanks a lot for a really interesting and insightful panel discussion. I have learned from various experts’ comments and took home some thoughts from this which I am sure will be helpful to how we do business in my company”. Quote from one of the academic (audience) participant: “A warm thank you for the fascinating panel that you just organized! It was the best panel discussion that I have ever attended – physically or virtually!”

Podcast as Audio File

A video recording of this event can be found here: https://play.gu.se/media/+EAMSA+zoom_edit/0_z3nabj7j
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