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Strategy

Covid-19 Compounds Risks to Supply Chains

Last year’s headlines trumpeted growing strains in US-China relations and the rise of economic nationalism. Instead of pausing during the Covid-19 pandemic, protectionism and disruptions to supply chains have increased across […]

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managing covid-19
Market

Managing Covid-19 & the Return to Work

As any crisis fades, it’s important to capture what was learned before it’s forgotten. We need to recall surprises, reflect on how they were successfully dealt with, and think about managing […]

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Market

China: Too Early to Declare Victory

Multinationals managed to deliver a boost to global quarterly results and yet are cautiously preparing for a dip in the second half of the year. Our China CEO Forum members […]

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Forecasts

China vs. The Rest of Asia: Mind the Gap

The divergence between China’s growth as it recovers from the first wave of COVID-19 and growth almost everywhere else is likely to become a major global issue by June. For […]

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AI-Powered Finance
Strategy

Asia FinTech Post-COVID-19: How a Pandemic Can Shape an Industry

The coronavirus pandemic has sped up changes in online financial services, as offline businesses are contending with substantial costs and little revenue. At a recent IMA Asia virtual meeting for […]

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Leadership

The Rise of Bangladesh: Asia’s Next Frontier Market

Despite a promising economic outlook, foreign investors in Bangladesh must remain attentive to political and social developments in the country. With the COVID pandemic ongoing and 70% of the country’s […]

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China Cybersecurity
Market

How Prepared is Your China Cybersecurity?

The ubiquity of data brings new risks. At a recent IMA Asia forum, members discussed those risks and how best to cope with the evolving cybersecurity environment in China. Governments […]

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Business Continuity Planning
Strategy

The Coronavirus Outbreak Demands a Business Continuity Plan

Pandemics and business continuity plans (BCP) are on everyone’s minds today. Our forum members shared their thinking about how to prepare for and mitigate such risks during the 2006 avian […]

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Market

B2B Digital Marketing Growth Strategies in China

‘Everything will be digital.’ This is the mantra when marketing to Chinese consumers and buyers. The same forces of technological change that have transformed global B2C firms in China are […]

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Leadership

US-China Geopolitics: Uncharted Territory Ahead

How does one operate in a world where policies can be overturned overnight with a tweet? A recent IMA Asia meeting of Asia and China CEOs delved into the uncharted […]

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Forecasts

Promising Outlook for Southeast Asia Manufacturing

2019 has been a bad year for global manufacturing and no less so in Southeast Asia. The pain for ASEAN’s factory sector is apparent in the region’s contracting Purchasing Manager’s […]

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Distributors in China
Market

Coping With China’s Shifting Distributor Network

Distributing goods in China can be complicated and confusing. Although the China market is large, it is also highly fragmented. Achieving economies of scale can be elusive when distributors are […]

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Strategy

Does Your Company Need to Retool its Org Structure in China?

The outlook for globalisation has shifted precariously in the past few years as nationalism takes hold in many countries worldwide. The corporate pendulum swing from local autonomy to central control […]

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Sustainability IMA Asia
Strategy

Adapting to Sustainability Demands in ASEAN

Regulators, investors and consumers across Asia are becoming more demanding of companies’ sustainability efforts. At a recent IMA Asia Management Forum meeting, members argued that adapting to a new paradigm […]

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Reposition Strategy
Strategy

Making the Case for China – Repositioning the Strategy

Despite political polemics and a slowdown in growth, the promise of the China market has never been greater. At a recent IMA Asia CEO Forum, a CEO with many years […]

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Chinese finance
Strategy

How China’s CFOs are becoming more agile

Today, CFOs in China must navigate uncharted terrain marked by geopolitical uncertainties and ever slower growth. Looking back at last year’s data to forecast the future is no longer reliable. […]

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China innovation
Market

Stepping Up Innovation in China

The pursuit of innovation is changing business models in China. MNCs are addressing competitive challenges by localising innovation efforts. At a recent IMA CEO Forum meeting China CEOs cited numerous […]

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ASEAN construction
Market

Infrastructure Spending Propping up ASEAN Construction

The IMA Asia ASEAN Demand Watch reports look at the latest trends in specific industrial sectors across ASEAN. Our reports combine insights from three sources: Interviews with IMA Asia Forum […]

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Market

Beyond the Hype: Getting Ready for China’s Social Credit System

China’s Social Credit System (SCS) will fundamentally change the way business operations are regulated in China. It’s time to move past the dire warnings of a dystopian future and manage […]

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demographics
Market

Consumers Are Not of One Mind in Southeast Asia

This article is based on the findings of IMA’s Asia Demand Watch – ASEAN Consumers. Consumer demand remains a key driver of growth in Southeast Asia, but demand trends are diverging. The divergence […]

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