strategic planning
Leadership

2021 Strategy Realignment: 10 Questions That Need Answers

Our view is that 2021 will be the bridge year from the 2020 pandemic to the beginning of the next normal in 2022. It will be a year for developing […]

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industrial engineering
Market

China to Push E-invoicing in 2021

The trend towards e-invoicing is slowly gathering momentum as China’s tax authorities move ahead on their much-anticipated plan to allow digitised invoicing for businesses. Soon, electronic special value-added tax (VAT) […]

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digital ringfencing
Market

Ringfencing China: Can The Digital Cord Be Cut?

China’s unique cybersecurity regulations, its separate digital ecosystem, and its digitally savvy consumers set it apart from the rest of the world. As a consequence, MNCs are looking to ringfence […]

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cybersecurity
Strategy

Ringfencing Digital Assets in China

Regulations governing the digital arena are rapidly changing the world over, and nowhere is this truer than in China. This presents a fresh set of challenges for MNCs. Global companies […]

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AI powered finance
Strategy

Cybersecurity – Navigating the Perfect Storm

The rapid adoption of eCommerce applications, videoconferencing and remote working coupled with a reconfiguring of supply chains has radically increased by online threats. Cybersecurity has become more important than ever, […]

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Forecasts

COVID-19 and Asia’s ‘Fragile and Powerhouse Three’

COVID-19 continues to dominate the outlook across Asia. Three key emerging markets – India, Indonesia, and the Philippines – face an increased risk of a long-term loss in market potential. […]

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M&A
Market

Covid’s Impact Motivates China’s M&A Buyers and Sellers

MNCs partnering in China took only the briefest pause during the worst of Covid-19 and then bounced back in the second quarter. While organic growth is a top priority for […]

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Hong Kong skyline
Market

The Future of Hong Kong as a Regional Headquarters

International companies have long regarded Hong Kong highly for its skilled workforce, business-friendly legal system, robust regulatory regime, high corporate governance standards and generally free flow of capital, people and […]

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B2B digital sales
Market

Covid Accelerates China’s Digital B2B Transformation

B2B e-commerce and virtual selling were gaining traction well before the lockdown but the experience during the pandemic has accelerated the trend towards digital sales. At a recent IMA China […]

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business travel
Market

Business Travel’s Future is Uncertain

The dearth of business travel during 2020 has had an immediate and long-term impact on the travel industry ecosystem, businesses at large, and the entire global economy.  An executive at […]

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Strategy

Negotiating India’s Slump

COVID-19 hit India’s economy hard and its GDP will likely shrink by over 5% in this fiscal year. Furthermore, this disruption of economic activity will lower India’s medium-term economic outlook. […]

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China recovery
Market

China’s Recovery: The CFO View

The pandemic in China has given CFOs a wild ride on a ‘V’ shaped recovery rollercoaster. After a steep drop in revenues and expenses in the first quarter, there has […]

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platform and hand
Strategy

Restructuring for Post-Covid-19 Competition

MNCs across Asia are changing many of their management practices as they learn to adapt to the challenges of Covid. The lessons learned are likely to permanently alter the way […]

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Industry 4.0
Market

Bringing Big Data to China’s Big Machines

Not long after news of Covid’s spread in China hit papers around the world, so did photos of a remarkable feat: the building of a 1,000-bed hospital in a mere […]

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Market

Shifting from Recovery to Retooling in China

Companies in China are moving to the second phase of the Covid-19 crisis. During the first phase they focused on protecting their employees and their assets. The second recovery phase […]

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Leadership

Covid-19: The Implications for Leadership and Teams

Covid-19 has seen organisational changes that were debated for years being rammed into action in weeks, leaving team members uncertain of their value and their future. Regional and country managers […]

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nationalism digitalisation
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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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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