China's social credit system
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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uncertain forecast
Forecasts

Asia’s Economic Forecasts ‘Trimmed’ but not Slashed

The main question Asia CEOs are asking is whether a global recession is likely in the next year. While this remains unlikely, the global manufacturing sector already has entered a […]

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Chinese consumers
Market

Cracks Appearing in China’s Consumer Confidence

This article is based on the findings of IMA’s China Demand Watch – Consumers. Cracks are starting to appear in China’s resilient consumer confidence and steady retail sales performance. Constraints […]

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digital transformation
Market

B2B Digital Distribution: Finding the Missing Customer

E-commerce has blazed like a wildfire through China’s consumer landscape, seeding digital-first enterprises and pushing legacy businesses to adapt or die. Chinese consumers’ fast adoption of all things digital, from […]

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China digital finance
Strategy

When Will China’s Back Offices Catch Up?

Advances in financial technology have transformed how consumers buy goods in China. A few taps on the phone, and electronic payments are seamlessly transferred and recorded. But peer into any […]

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Chinese finance
Strategy

China’s Ecosystems: Invest or Partner Your Way to Innovation

Following the example of China’s most successful private companies, many Western MNCs are working to participate more fully in their industry ecosystems in China. Companies, such as Alibaba and Tencent, […]

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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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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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engineer innovation
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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