Market

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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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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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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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

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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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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Forecasts

Global Slowdown Find Its Way into Asia Pacific

Global economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter of 2018 and  continued into January 2019. The question is whether this is a temporary lull that will clear by the […]

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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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Strategy

Are Chinese Companies Up for Sale?

Controlling shareholders of China’s private-owned enterprises (POEs) face an unprecedented level of indebtedness. This may be a unique opportunity for foreign firms to grow market share through acquisitions and partnering […]

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Market

B2B Distribution in China’s Digital World

The potential of digital technology to transform businesses is finally becoming a reality for B2B firms in China. Industrial players are increasingly entering the fray. They are testing new digital […]

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Market

Lifting Profits in China’s Ever More Demanding Market

When growth in China begins to sputter, executives often reflexively seek out new growth opportunities. For some premium industrial brands, this might mean making ‘good-enough’ products in order to chase […]

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Strategy

Should You Still Partner in China?

Partnerships in China can be hard work and can limit growth, innovation, and margins. Yet often partnerships have been the price of entry into China due to regulatory and sometimes […]

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Market

The Need for Innovation and Speed in China

China’s unique digital ecosystem is accelerating ‘the need for speed’, and the necessity to adapt to China’s environment of innovation. But HQ often clings to their own digital investments, even […]

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Strategy

Will China’s Quiet Debt Clean Up Succeed?

With little fanfare, Chinese financial authorities are cleaning up bad loans that threaten financial stability. The government is looking for the banks to absorb bad debt losses on their balance […]

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Market

Will Smart Cities drive Southeast Asia business?

Cities in Southeast Asia are getting ‘smarter’ and their higher IQ is driving new business for many companies in the region.  Adoption of smart cities technology will boost economic growth […]

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Strategy

China CFOs Leading the Journey of Digital Change

China straddle two different worlds when it comes to the adoption of financial technology. One is global leading, while the other world is lagging. Thanks to mobile payments (such as […]

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Strategy

Locking in HQ Support for China

It is not surprising that perceptions of China as high risk are more prominent at US headquarters.  Higher US tariffs on Chinese products are pending and US Vice President Mike […]

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Market

Unlocking Chinese Innovation and Speed-to-Market

Chinese companies have become known as masters of incremental innovations brought to market at blistering speed.  Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei have aptly demonstrated what Chinese entrepreneurship can accomplish. Every day, […]

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Market

Accessing China’s Mountain of Gold Data

Personal data is equivalent to gold for brands seeking to reach China’s billion plus consumers. Two groups in China are accumulating mountains of data riches and they know the value […]

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Market

Is It a Trade War or Compliance Blitz?

Foreign firms in China are navigating a new, uncertain landscape thanks to tariffs, increased red tape, and the possibility of consumers turning against the US. For global executives, responding to […]

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