Strategy

China’s Chairmen Need Successors

We have entered a period of generational change among Chinese POEs that raises the risk of doing business with these firms. The Asia CEO Forum took up the issue, with […]

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Strategy

A Race to ‘Go Local’ in China

While many MNCs selling B2B came to China following global clients, today the opportunity is to tap the potential of China’s sophisticated domestic firms and customers.   The playbook for […]

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Strategy

Digital Disruptions Take Hold in Southeast Asia

Transportation, logistics, retail and gaming are just the first industries to be hit by the rush of digital technology that has brought to the fore, fresh, ambitious entrepreneurs seeking to […]

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Forecasts

The Key to Asia’s Outlook

The key to Asia’s outlook lies in consumer demand, mostly in the emerging markets of China, ASEAN, and India. One of the most important variables for business planners will be currency […]

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Strategy

WeChat Leads the Way in China’s Digitisation

CEO Forum members recently debated how to keep up with China’s mobile-addicted consumers and how the internet is transforming local business. China boasts a penetration rate of 89% for mobile […]

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Forecasts

India’s Outlook: A Case for Optimism

The majority of IMA Asia members now list India among their top three market priorities, with members in the digital, consumer, health, and innovation sectors recording a notable lift in returns. […]

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Strategy

Compliance in China: Getting Easier?

China CEO Forum members report that compliance rules in China are tightening. A drive to lift productivity and the rapid rise of e-commerce is contributing to a better compliance environment […]

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Strategy

Will ASEAN’s Latest Efforts at Integration Succeed?

ASEAN’s great tragedy is that individually most of its 10 member states are interesting, but collectively they deliver little.  This is a great shame for a region with as many people as Latin America […]

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Market

The Struggle to Sustain Growth in Asia

Asia’s consumers have been central to the region’s capacity to sustain growth through recent years of weak global demand. The cost has been a quick rise in consumer debt, which […]

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Strategy

What Duterte Means for the Philippines & for Business

Regarded as the ‘Donald Trump’ of the Filipino electoral campaign, few commentators believed Rodrigo Duterte was a legitimate contender for the top job.  Yet, he won the election by a […]

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Market

China’s Abrupt Slowdown

After real growth of 10%pa for the 20 years to 2014, growth will halve to 5%pa for the 2015-20 period and drop to 4% by 2021.  The abrupt nature of […]

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Strategy

Who Will Drive Innovation in China?

The Chinese government is looking to accelerate innovation and cutting-edge technology.  MNCs in China are being pressured to crack open their IP vaults and partner with local firms on technology designed […]

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Market

China Sale Strategy: Is Guanxi a Thing of the Past?

In the past, sales success in China was often driven by who you know, rather than what you know.  However, guanxi-style relationships alone are no longer enough. Buyers are focused […]

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Strategy

Should You Be Acquiring Businesses in ASEAN?

Is it time for Southeast Asia to shine? Asia CEO Forum members are asking whether now is the time to acquire businesses in ASEAN. While China’s growth rate is slowing, growth in Vietnam and the Philippines is picking up and Indonesia’s business conditions are improving.

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Strategy

MNCs Respond to Disruptive Competition in China

Competition is coming from surprising sources to disrupt markets in China that foreign multinationals thought were theirs alone. Some Chinese entrepreneurs are using digital technology, consumer insight, and venture financing to leapfrog over MNCs.

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Strategy

Transformational Moves in Southeast Asia

Business transformation is underway in Southeast Asia and will gather speed in the years ahead.  While long-standing, country-by-country market strategies are still critical for success in ASEAN, technology is changing […]

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Strategy

Indonesia: A Frontier for Capital Growth

With expanding and diversifying global trade, a young population and rapidly growing ranks of middle-class consumers, Indonesia is an attractive candidate for international companies looking to establish or enlarge their businesses. Indonesia has already come a long way, and between its fast-rising household incomes and extensive natural resources, it is a country that has climbed up the priority lists of many IMA Asia members.

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Leadership

Transforming the Workplace

In the sixth edition of CEO Dialogues, we spoke with Asia CEO Forum member Bernard Yee, AT&T’s Regional Vice President – Asia Pacific, and Greg Brutus, Executive Director, Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific, to discuss how the company has recognised and responded to the rapid shift in how people access information and how changes to their workplace has led to higher productivity and retention of skilled employees.

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Rajkumar Narayanan
Leadership

“Textbook” Integration in Asia

Few companies achieve all their M&A integration goals, particularly in Asia given the region’s tangle of cultures and red tape. Yet Allergan’s Asia team did just that in 2015 after a global merger with Actavis.

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Magnus Kagevik
Leadership

Success in the Challenging China Market

ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, having formed in 1994 through the merger of Assa in Sweden and Abloy in Finland.

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