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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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Market

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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Forecasts

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 briefing, […]

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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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Forecasts

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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Market

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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Market

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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