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Market

Is Digital Automation Transforming China’s Manufacturing?

Digital automation has been a solution to counterbalance high labour costs across most of the developed world. But why is it so important in China, where labour costs remain relatively […]

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Strategy

Asia’s Digital Journey is Just Beginning

Not long ago, digital technologies impacted just a few sectors focused on computing and advanced technologies. Now, business transformation stemming from new digital technologies is becoming ubiquitous across industry sectors. […]

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Leadership

Building the CEO Team in China

Building a successful leadership team in China is no small feat, but this is the challenge that often determines the success of a China CEO. Making the challenge even more […]

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Strategy

Putting Innovation in the Forefront of Asia Business Strategy

Faced with the increasing pace of innovation, companies are rethinking vital aspects of their business strategy, ranging from structures and staffing to the value propositions driving competitive positioning. The changes […]

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Strategy

Strategies for Effective China Partnerships and M&A

Now, more than ever, is the time for foreign firms to grab market share and boost revenues through acquisitions and partnering in China.  At a recent IMA China Management Forum […]

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Catching the Next Wave of China’s Consumer Growth

China’s consumer market is poised for levels of growth that will outstrip even the past three decades.  China already leads the world in e-commerce, digital payments, high-speed rail, and the […]

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How One Firm Went Local to Tap China’s Growth Potential

Going local – by buying Chinese firms or inversely, bringing on Chinese owners – can boost the pace of organic growth in China for foreign firms.  Often, firms that have […]

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Strategy

Corporate Survival in Asia Depends on Your Digital Strategy

There is no doubt that corporate survival in Asia depends upon how well organisations deal with digital transformation.  As one Asia/Pacific CEO at a recent IMA Forum put it, ‘We […]

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Leadership

Getting HQ On Board the ‘China Train’

The primary job of the China CEO is to ensure that opportunities in China are maximised for the company as a whole. Getting HQ on board the ‘China train’ means […]

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Market

Artificial Intelligence Takes a Leap Forward in China

‘To compete in China, AI needs to be part of your thought process. While you may not be using it, your Chinese competitors most definitely are, and these include more […]

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Leadership

China CFOs’ Role Growing Beyond Managing the Numbers

In an ideal world, CFOs could set a sticker price, plug it into a financial model and have accurate profit predictions come out at the end. In China, however, where […]

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Strategy

The Ageing of China: The Conventional Wisdom is Wrong

China’s middle-aged and senior citizens present the most exciting growth opportunities in coming decades for consumer firms, and they are likely to be a valuable presence in future workforces. At […]

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Leadership

Why Are So Few Chinese in Global Roles … & Does it Matter?

Why are there so few Chinese executives in senior positions in Western multinational companies?  Although India’s market size is smaller than China’s, Indians claim a far larger proportion of executives […]

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Leadership

Guiding Your Firm Through a China Crisis

The weight of being the legal representative in China is a heavy one. Crises are the toughest test of leadership skills and values that many CEOs face. And, that added […]

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Strategy

Are You Managing Your Data as a Strategic Asset?

Are companies only as valuable as their data? For many firms in China the answer is ‘yes’.  For one global retailer in China, its customer loyalty program data is viewed […]

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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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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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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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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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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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