Asean frontier
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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compliance
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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Social media
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 a […]

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manila cityscape
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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Automation in china
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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president china xi jinping
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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China shopper
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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Strategy

Charting Strategy in the New, New China    

For years, economic growth has consistently surpassed Chinese government predictions but this time is likely to be different.   At a recent China CEO Forum meeting we were joined by […]

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Strategy

The Yuan: A Leaky Balloon    

The question on the minds of China CFOs is how much further the yuan will depreciate against the US dollar?  After a decade of gains the picture is starkly different […]

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china consumers
Market

Consumers Underpin Asia’s Growth; Policy & Capex Set the Speed Limit

Over recent decades, Asia’s growth has increasingly been defined by domestic demand, particularly from consumers. Consumers now dominate in Asia’s growth outlook, but the story varies enormously by country. Japan […]

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Forecasts

China’s Mixed Outlook

While demographics play a major role in China’s slowdown, so too do policies to rebalance the economy toward growth driven by consumers, services, and higher value-added industries. Rebalancing is essential […]

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Leadership

Going Local to Drive Growth

In the latest edition of CEO Dialogues, we sat down with China CEO Forum member Phyllis Cheung, Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s China, to talk about the disruptive forces that are […]

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Leadership

Proving Value to Chinese Customers

In the latest edition of CEO Dialogues, Asia CEO Forum member Rebekah Lemm, General Manager Asia Pacific for Intralox, talks about facing off against aggressive local competitors in China. Below is an […]

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Kellogg China
Leadership

A Global Leader Adapting to Local Tastes

In CEO Dialogues, we spoke with China CEO Forum member Haiyan Wang, Managing Director of Kellogg China, about success in China and delivering products highly-tuned to local tastes. Below is an […]

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China innovation
Strategy

Innovating for China with Local R&D

Increasing foreign investment in local China R&D is a must; however, it must be done carefully and with eyes wide open. This was the conclusion from a recent Asia CEO […]

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Strategy

China’s Millennials Need a Different Kind of Manager

Developing middle management talent for leadership positions has become a major concern – and puzzle – for MNCs.  Managers born prior to 1980 grew up in a tumultuous period when […]

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