Strategy

Turbocharging Digital: Bots That Bridge China’s Divides

Robotic process automation (RPA) offers a potential solution to integration problems that plague MNCs in China.  China’s tight regulations inhibit cross-border data flows.  At the same time, blazingly fast local […]

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Market

Achieving China’s 30-60 Decarbonisation Goals

China is coming to the green game late but with the full might of authoritarian governance behind it.   As the world’s largest carbon emitter, producing a quarter of global greenhouse […]

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Market

Unpacking US Sanctions on China’s Tech Sector

US sanctions have exposed China’s reliance on foreign technologies, especially in semiconductors.  As a result, China is experiencing its own ‘Sputnik moment’, triggering widespread unease about the country’s perceived technological […]

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Market

China’s Automation Accelerates

A growing number of innovative companies in China are leading the way globally in automation.  Firms at the forefront in China are capable of bold experiments in futuristic ways.  At […]

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Strategy

China Strategy: One Company, Two Systems

Business strategies for China are evolving because of the pandemic crisis, geopolitics, and supply chain disruption.  China is still the focus for growth, at least for the next three to […]

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Market

China e-Commerce Evolves Again

China’s regulatory authorities are squeezing the country’s e-commerce platforms into a tighter regulatory framework.  On the one hand, new limits are being placed on data and algorithms. On the other, […]

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Crisis Management in the Social Media Age in China
Strategy

Crisis Management in the Social Media Age

Foreign firms are caught in the middle on polarising issues between China and the West.  During a recent IMA China CEO Forum meeting members discussed how they are managing crises […]

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Asia Workforce
Leadership

Asia’s Workforce in the Future

The Covid pandemic has accelerated long-term trends that have emerged in workplaces across Asia. Before January 2020, the nature of offices was changing as were the type of jobs, employee […]

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Leadership

POEs and Beijing: More Intertwined Than Meets the Eye

The Chinese government has turned its powerful spotlight towards the private sector’s size, wealth, and influence in China’s socialist market economy. The scuppering of Alibaba’s IPO for Ant Group was […]

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Market

Futureproofing Your China Workforce

China is undergoing a seismic shift from a manufacturing powerhouse to a digitised, innovative economy. Much like the economic miracle of the last few decades, the country’s future will be […]

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Prop up growth
Market

Optimism for Asia’s Growth Despite Covid Struggles

An optimistic economic forecast might seem out of step with the gloomy news on Asia’s COVID-19 struggle. Yet, the outlook is straightforward given the region’s vaccine efficacy and immunisation rates. […]

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service as everything
Market

Business Model Innovation: Everything as a Service

Firms in China are seeking richer margins by selling services instead of selling products. Today, data-driven technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are supercharging the move towards ‘servitization’. Consequently, […]

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running to finish line
Strategy

14th Five-Year Plan: Xi’s 30-Year Dash to the Finish Line

During an IMA China CEO Forum meeting in Shanghai, a China ‘insider’ gave his views on the impact of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP) on MNCs operating in China – […]

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Market

The Most Important Plan in China’s History

The 14th Five Year Plan (FYP) represents the final ramp-up to China reaching economic parity with the US. As such, it is perhaps the most important one yet. Foreign businesses […]

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Strategy

Avoiding the Crossfire: Public Affairs Strategy in China

In a politically charged world, words matter in preventing and diffusing flareups. MNCs especially need to navigate the sensitivities, both at home and in China, to avoid getting caught in […]

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agile management
Market

Agile Planning in China Leads to Sales

Covid put into stark relief the importance of staying nimble. During the early days of Covid, supply and demand issues reared their ugly head, and massive price fluctuations followed. At […]

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Navigating India
Leadership

Crisis Support for India Teams

India’s COVID-19 outlook is grim, with explosive growth in new cases not expected to peak for 4-8 weeks. The government’s sudden decision to vaccinate everyone over 18 has led to […]

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Post COVID
Strategy

Building a Resilient Post-Covid Workplace in China

China’s unique experience with Covid has put it on a divergent path from the rest of the world. With the virus effectively suppressed in China, employees have been back in […]

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manufacturing
Strategy

Navigating Asia’s Manufacturing Challenges in 2021

Surging Costs, Shortages, and Difficult Capex Decisions A faster than expected economic recovery in the first half of 2021 in many Asian markets certainly is welcome, but the recovery also […]

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China partnership
Strategy

Selling China to HQ

Rising trade tensions, the pressure to decouple the China business from global networks, and the after-effects of the Covid pandemic have combined to make communications between headquarters and China operations […]

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