Strategy

China Leads the Way with Digital Engagement

China is setting global best practice in social media and online shopping, with local digital strategies – once necessary for attracting Chinese consumers – now setting the standard for global […]

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Market

The Global Upturn Consolidates

Our growth forecasts for the 14 main markets in Asia Pacific continue to edge up, reflecting two broad forces.         First, the global recovery is gradually picking […]

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Market

ASEAN’s Frontier Markets

The markets remain small, poor, and risky, but a dynamism is apparent in all three of ASEAN’s so-called “Frontier Markets” of Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.   Asia CEO Forum and […]

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Strategy

Building a Compliance Culture

MNCs need to pay closer attention to China’s anti-bribery laws, despite the fact that these laws are rarely enforced and are unhelpfully vague.    At a recent China Management Forum […]

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Strategy

The Big Changes Boosting Global Growth in 1H 2017

Three big changes in 1H’17 are collectively paving a path for world growth to lift to a 6-year high, and prompting regional firms to rethink their business forecasts.   The […]

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Market

The Transformation of China

Too often the discussion about China focuses on its growth figures when the real story lies in the massive transformation underway across key segments of the economy.  Beijing continues to […]

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Strategy

Learning to Embrace WeChat & Weibo

Chinese consumers love ecommerce and mobile commerce in particular.  By 2019, one in every three dollars will be spent online in China, the highest in the world.   However, at […]

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Market

Philippines: the Five-Year Outlook

A solid market for many firms over the last five years, the Philippines presents plenty of risks and a poor operating environment, but also an undeniable, and sustainable, economic vitality. […]

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Strategy

China Embraces Robots in its Race for Productivity

China is embracing robotics with the same intensity that made it a force in high speed rail and renewable energy. China’s vast manufacturing sector is under pressure to automate, and […]

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Strategy

Market Transformation: Strategies for Tapping Asia’s Newest Growth Driver

Asia CEO Forum members recently discussed how innovation and new business models are recasting entire industries and helping companies reach new segments of consumers. Entrepreneurs across Asia have capitalised on […]

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Strategy

China’s Digital Transformation: New Solutions Are on the Horizon

The internet ecosystem that has flourished behind China’s firewall is populated by a mini-universe of consumer applications suited to the cultural and language preferences of Chinese users. At a recent […]

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Market

The Rise of Xi Jinping & his OBOR Initiative

How Asia will work from 2018 onwards was partly on show in May at the One Belt, One Road or “OBOR” meeting in Beijing. Chinese media set a new benchmark […]

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Strategy

Moving into China’s New Sweet Spot: The Mid-Market

With China’s mid-range segment growing faster than the upper or lower ends of the markets, a focus on the ‘sweet spot’ of the mid-tier segment – where quality, elevated pricing, […]

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Market

Is Digital Marketing in China Replacing the Sales Team?

China’s unique digital environment, combined with its considerable market size and large base of early adopters, present a strong case for giving more autonomy to local marketing teams. The Great […]

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Strategy

Charting Strategy in the New, New China    

For years, economic growth has consistently surpassed Chinese government predictions but this time is likely to be different.   At a recent China CEO Forum meeting we were joined by […]

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Strategy

The Yuan: A Leaky Balloon    

The question on the minds of China CFOs is how much further the yuan will depreciate against the US dollar?  After a decade of gains the picture is starkly different […]

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Market

Consumers Underpin Asia’s Growth; Policy & Capex Set the Speed Limit

Over recent decades, Asia’s growth has increasingly been defined by domestic demand, particularly from consumers. Consumers now dominate in Asia’s growth outlook, but the story varies enormously by country. Japan […]

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Market

A Global Recovery… but Rising Geopolitical Risk in Asia

Many indicators suggest that the global economy entered a broad upturn in the last quarter of 2016. If it runs through mid-2017, it will be the best upturn since global […]

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Market

China’s Mixed Outlook

While demographics play a major role in China’s slowdown, so too do policies to rebalance the economy toward growth driven by consumers, services, and higher value-added industries. Rebalancing is essential […]

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Market

Asia’s Growth & Riding the Global Recovery

We’ve lifted our global growth forecast for 2017 to reflect a broad global demand recovery, which is particularly notable in the Euro area and quite a few emerging markets outside […]

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Leadership

Going Local to Drive Growth

In the latest edition of CEO Dialogues, we sat down with China CEO Forum member Phyllis Cheung, Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s China, to talk about the disruptive forces that are […]

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Leadership

Proving Value to Chinese Customers

In the latest edition of CEO Dialogues, Asia CEO Forum member Rebekah Lemm, General Manager Asia Pacific for Intralox, talks about facing off against aggressive local competitors in China. Below is an […]

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Leadership

A Global Leader Adapting to Local Tastes

In the latest edition of CEO Dialogues, we spoke with China CEO Forum member Haiyan Wang, Managing Director of Kellogg China, about success in China and delivering products highly-tuned to local […]

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Strategy

Innovating for China with Local R&D

Increasing foreign investment in local China R&D is a must; however, it must be done carefully and with eyes wide open. This was the conclusion from a recent Asia CEO […]

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Strategy

China’s Millennials Need a Different Kind of Manager

Developing middle management talent for leadership positions has become a major concern – and puzzle – for MNCs.  Managers born prior to 1980 grew up in a tumultuous period when […]

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Strategy

China’s Chairmen Need Successors

We have entered a period of generational change among Chinese POEs that raises the risk of doing business with these firms. The Asia CEO Forum took up the issue, with […]

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Strategy

A Race to “Go Local” in China

While many MNCs selling B2B came to China following global clients, today the opportunity is to tap the potential of China’s sophisticated domestic firms and customers.   The playbook for going […]

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Strategy

Digital Disruptions Take Hold in Southeast Asia

Transportation, logistics, retail and gaming are just the first industries to be hit by the rush of digital technology that has brought to the fore, fresh, ambitious entrepreneurs seeking to […]

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Market

The Key to Asia’s Outlook

The key to Asia’s outlook lies in consumer demand, mostly in the emerging markets of China, ASEAN, and India. One of the most important variables for business planners will be currency […]

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Strategy

WeChat Leads the Way in China’s Digitisation

CEO Forum members recently debated how to keep up with China’s mobile-addicted consumers and how the internet is transforming local business. China boasts a penetration rate of 89% for mobile […]

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Strategy

India’s Outlook: A Case for Optimism

The majority of IMA Asia members now list India among their top three market priorities, with members in the digital, consumer, health, and innovation sectors recording a notable lift in returns. […]

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Strategy

Compliance in China: Getting Easier?

China CEO Forum members report that compliance rules in China are tightening. A drive to lift productivity and the rapid rise of e-commerce is contributing to a better compliance environment […]

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Strategy

Will ASEAN’s Latest Efforts at Integration Succeed?

ASEAN’s great tragedy is that individually most of its 10 member states are interesting, but collectively they deliver little.  This is a great shame for a region with as many people as Latin America […]

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Market

The Struggle to Sustain Growth in Asia

Asia’s consumers have been central to the region’s capacity to sustain growth through recent years of weak global demand. The cost has been a quick rise in consumer debt, which […]

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Strategy

What Duterte Means for the Philippines & for Business

Regarded as the ‘Donald Trump’ of the Filipino electoral campaign, few commentators believed Rodrigo Duterte was a legitimate contender for the top job.  Yet, he won the election by a […]

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Market

China’s Abrupt Slowdown

After real growth of 10%pa for the 20 years to 2014, growth will halve to 5%pa for the 2015-20 period and drop to 4% by 2021.  The abrupt nature of […]

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Strategy

Who Will Drive Innovation in China?

The Chinese government is looking to accelerate innovation and cutting-edge technology.  MNCs in China are being pressured to crack open their IP vaults and partner with local firms on technology designed […]

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Strategy

China Sale Strategy: Is Guanxi a Thing of the Past?

In the past, sales success in China was often driven by who you know, rather than what you know.  However, guanxi-style relationships alone are no longer enough. Buyers are focused […]

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Strategy

Should You Be Acquiring Businesses in ASEAN?

Is it time for Southeast Asia to shine? Asia CEO Forum members are asking whether now is the time to acquire businesses in ASEAN. While China’s growth rate is slowing, growth in Vietnam and the Philippines is picking up and Indonesia’s business conditions are improving.

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Strategy

MNCs Respond to Disruptive Competition in China

Competition is coming from surprising sources to disrupt markets in China that foreign multinationals thought were theirs alone. Some Chinese entrepreneurs are using digital technology, consumer insight, and venture financing to leapfrog over MNCs.

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