compliance culture
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Compliance Redux: Vigilance is Essential in China

Seven years into China’s anti-corruption campaign, the pursuit of corporate malfeasance, conflicts of interest and fraud continues. After the 2014 GSK scandal, foreign firms were put on notice that a […]

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MNCs are Restructuring Asia Pacific Operations (Again)

The push for innovation, the search for talent, and competitive pressures require that new entrants and long-established players rethink their Asia business strategies and organisation structure. Companies often restructure their […]

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AI-Powered Finance
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Powering Finance in China with Artificial Intelligence

In the next five years, experts predict CFOs in China will have a complete financial picture in real time on their phone. They will be able to scroll through the […]

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Industry 4.0
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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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market segmentation
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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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China small business startup
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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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integrated circuits
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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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lift profits and grow
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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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innovation speed
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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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Singapore smart city
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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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Key to innovation
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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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China gold mountain
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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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Trade War
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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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Finance team
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Managing China’s Receivables Risk as Market Stress Rises

It is no secret that China has avoided a looming credit crisis for years. While the government is taking great strides to clean up the shadow banking and off-balance sheet […]

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Building the Belt and Road Initiative Into Your Strategy

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will shape the way companies perform and will be an important part of corporate strategy in the years to come. China already has committed […]

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US China Trade Chess
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The US-China Trade War Reaches Deep into Supply Chains

The US-China trade dispute has consequences far beyond those products and companies hit directly by higher US and China tariffs. The ‘America First’ approach to trade is likely to lead […]

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Engineer programing computer
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Is Digital Automation Transforming China’s Manufacturing?

Digital automation has been a solution to counterbalance high labour costs across most of the developed world. But why is it so important in China, where labour costs remain relatively […]

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Catching the Next Wave of China’s Consumer Growth

China’s consumer market is poised for levels of growth that will outstrip even the past three decades.  China already leads the world in e-commerce, digital payments, high-speed rail, and the […]

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e-commerce
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How One Firm Went Local to Tap China’s Growth Potential

Going local – by buying Chinese firms or inversely, bringing on Chinese owners – can boost the pace of organic growth in China for foreign firms.  Often, firms that have […]

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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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