compliance culture
Market

Compliance Redux: Vigilance is Essential in China

Seven years into China’s anti-corruption campaign, the pursuit of corporate malfeasance, conflicts of interest and fraud continues. After the 2014 GSK scandal, foreign firms were put on notice that a […]

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sustainability
Strategy

Sustainability Matters to Business in Asia

Much of the economic success that Asia has experienced has fault lines in its development model.  ‘Growth at all costs’ has created unintended consequences in Asia’s environment and society.  Forty […]

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Forecasts

Asia’s Growth Prospects Divides It into Two Camps

Life isn’t easy for Jerome Powell, chair of the US Fed, as he considers cutting US interest rates, all a while a populist US president is breathing down his neck. […]

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Market

MNCs are Restructuring Asia Pacific Operations (Again)

The push for innovation, the search for talent, and competitive pressures require that new entrants and long-established players rethink their Asia business strategies and organisation structure. Companies often restructure their […]

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innovation speed
Leadership

Driving Asia’s Growth with Innovation

Asia is emerging as a global powerhouse for innovation and becoming an increasingly important source of innovation. China has led this change and many MNCs have innovation centres in China […]

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AI-Powered Finance
Market

Powering Finance in China with Artificial Intelligence

In the next five years, experts predict CFOs in China will have a complete financial picture in real time on their phone. They will be able to scroll through the […]

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China and the World
Strategy

China and the World: Scale, Integration and Influence

Forty-one years after Deng Xiaoping kicked off the ‘Reform and Opening’ movement, China remains relatively closed in a world that is more open (see China and the World: Open or […]

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open and closed signs on highway
Strategy

China and the World: Open or Closed?

China remains relatively closed in a world that is more open. Yet, opportunities still abound for those who have the data, understand the dynamics, and are willing to commit to […]

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Industry 4.0
Market

Optimise or Transform with New Technologies?

It can be tempting to integrate new technologies such as AI, big data and blockchain in response to the relentless hype around them.  As one IMA Asia member put it, […]

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Strategy

MNCs Tapping China’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship

It’s no surprise, that global corporations are seeking fresh ways to engage with Chinese entrepreneurs and tap their innovative spirit. After all, Chinese start-ups have excelled at process and service […]

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attracting talent
Leadership

Turning Everyone into Top Performers in China

Does losing your top performers in China really make that much difference? An oft-cited study found top performers are up to 400% more productive than average employees. Given the highly […]

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market segmentation
Market

Segmenting China’s Market to Increase Profits

Foreign firms in China are reining in efforts to grab market share at all costs and are taking a hard look at their bottom line. In the past, growth businesses […]

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blockchain financing
Strategy

How Blockchain Can Boost China’s Supply Chain

Blockchain payment systems are emerging as a possible solution for the lack of financing that plagues small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in China. It hurts MNCs when supply chain partners have […]

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China small business startup
Market

Capturing a Slice of Southeast Asia e-Commerce Growth

E-commerce in Southeast Asia is poised for a boom in sales over the next five years but companies capitalising on the growth face significant challenges. A recent report by Google […]

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China partnership
Strategy

Are Chinese Companies Up for Sale?

Controlling shareholders of China’s private-owned enterprises (POEs) face an unprecedented level of indebtedness. This may be a unique opportunity for foreign firms to grow market share through acquisitions and partnering […]

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integrated circuits
Market

B2B Distribution in China’s Digital World

The potential of digital technology to transform businesses is finally becoming a reality for B2B firms in China. Industrial players are increasingly entering the fray. They are testing new digital […]

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lift profits and grow
Market

Lifting Profits in China’s Ever More Demanding Market

When growth in China begins to sputter, executives often reflexively seek out new growth opportunities. For some premium industrial brands, this might mean making ‘good-enough’ products in order to chase […]

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China partnership
Strategy

Should You Still Partner in China?

Partnerships in China can be hard work and can limit growth, innovation, and margins. Yet often partnerships have been the price of entry into China due to regulatory and sometimes […]

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innovation speed
Market

The Need for Innovation and Speed in China

China’s unique digital ecosystem is accelerating ‘the need for speed’, and the necessity to adapt to China’s environment of innovation. But HQ often clings to their own digital investments, even […]

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China debt
Strategy

Will China’s Quiet Debt Clean Up Succeed?

With little fanfare, Chinese financial authorities are cleaning up bad loans that threaten financial stability. The government is looking for the banks to absorb bad debt losses on their balance […]

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