Monnet Conversations

The UniSA Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence's ‘Monnet Conversations’ video series draws together a diverse range of interviews, seminars and dialogues recorded with preeminent representatives from business, civil society and researchers on the pressing global issues concerning European integration and EU-Australia relations. Participants of 'Monnet Conversations' recordings span disciplinary boundaries and are based across Europe and Australasia, and thus bring a rich collection of experiences and differential and contextual knowledge to their discussion.

The activities that are recorded and included in Monnet Conversations are funded by the University of the South Australia and the European Union through ERASMUS+ Grants, including the Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, the Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility: EU and Australasian Innovations (CCAMEU) Jean Monnet Network and Discourses on European Union I4.0 Innovation (DEUI4I) Jean Monnet Project.

Episode 1: Business responses to COVID-19 in Europe

To be released 1 July 2020, 2pm (ACST)

In the first episode of this new UniSA Series - Monnet Conversations - Professor Anthony Elliott (Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence) talks to European consulting and business leaders, Mr Ralf Blomqvist (Main Dialog, Sweden) and Mr Bo-Magnus Salenius (TalentMiles, Finland), about the impacts of COVID-19 on European enterprise and culture. Their discussion focuses on organizational change in the aftermath of COVID-19 and looks at how European companies are responding to, and coping with, new challenges and burdens.

COVID-19 is causing major disruptions to mobility, work and daily lives. While businesses in exposed sectors, including those that rely on international tourism, have had to pause their operations, many workers and business leaders are finding new ways to adapt their operations to the COVID-19 landscape. From working at home to social distanced customer service and online university seminars, the speed of industry adaptation has been remarkable. In Monnet Conversations, Professor Elliott, Mr Blomqvist and Mr Salenius examine these economic and social changes and assess what their lasting impacts might be. They question whether COVID-19 has accelerated certain inevitable social and business developments or whether it has motivated the creation of unforeseen and novel working scenarios. They look at whether we have entered a “new normal” in terms of distanced working and social interaction, or whether there will likely be a return to a pre-COVID-19 style social environment.


Professor Anthony Elliott, Executive Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and Network, University of South Australia

Mr Bo-Magnus Salenius, Co-Founder of Talentmiles, Finland

Mr Ralf Blomqvist, Partner of MainDialog, Sweden